I watched the 2017 version of Beauty and the Beast recently with some friends of mine. Being the music nerd I am, the film got me thinking about its theme song. The more I studied it, the more my admiration for it grew.
Alan Menken’s music is straightforwardly diatonic and repetitive, but that simplicity disguises the Classical thought that underpins it. What makes this song deeper than your average pop tune?
I originally wrote “The Integrity of Clouds” for clarinet quintet, but now that I’ve created a new version for mixed sextet, it feels like it needs a new title. Listen below and vote on what you think that title should be!