Royalty Rights to Disney Music Go on the Auction Block
by, 03-17-2011 at 11:56 AM
Have you ever wanted to own a piece of Disney's vast music history? Now's your chance. The song rights auction house SongVest will auction off shares of the royalties from the complete music catalog of Frank Churchill beginning on April 30.
Churchill was the in-house composer for the Walt Disney Studios prior to World War II. He wrote the music for dozens of short cartoons in the 1930s and penned Disney's first bona fide hit [I]Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?[/I] for 1933's [I]The Three Little Pigs[/I]. When Disney animation went feature length, it was Churchill who scored [I]Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs[/I], co-writing the classic tunes*[I]Whistle While You Work[/I], [I]Heigh-Ho[/I] and [I]Someday My Prince Will Come[/I].
Churchill's compositions were nominated for five Academy Awards. With Oliver Wallace he won the award for Best Score for 1941's [I]Dumbo[/I].
The last Disney feature film he worked on was the score for 1942's [I]Bambi[/I], which included the songs [I]Little April Shower[/I] and [I]Love is a Song[/I].
Churchill's talent for sweeping scores and bouncy, singable tunes belied his personal demons. Depressed and alcoholic, he committed suicide at his home near Los Angeles in 1942. He was 40.
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