Disney’s latest movie Encanto tells the story of the Madrigal family who live in a lovely place called an Encanto. Each child received a magical gift outside of Mirabel, the protagonist of the film.
The film is set in Colombia and the music echoes it, with cumbia, the Colombian national dance, becoming a key part of the film’s music.
Who is Encanto’s music composer?
The Encanto score was composed by Germaine Franco, who co-wrote most of the songs and orchestrated the score for Disney’s “Coco”.
Franco was also co-composer of “Dora and the Lost City of Gold”, composed the music for the Starz series “Vida” and wrote additional music for the Dia de los Muertos musical “The Book of the life”.
While the Encanto songs were written by Lin Manuel Miranda, Franco explained that the sheet music is used to “get in and out of songs and tell the story of Mirabel and its emotions”.
Speaking of Franco’s work on the film, Lin Manuel Miranda said:
“Our first meeting went very well and she spoke so forcefully about the themes and instrumentation she wanted to use. The theme she found was so amazing. Especially in the finale, there are tradeoffs between the end of my song and the start of its score.
Who wrote Encanto’s songs?
Encanto’s songs were written by Lin Manuel Miranda, who explains that he was inspired by Howard Ashman and “what he brought to the golden age of Disney.”
This is not Miranda’s first Disney movie, he wrote the songs for the 2016 movie Moana.
One of the fan favorite songs of the film is the song “Dos Oruguitas”, which was nominated for Best Original Song at the Critics’ Choice Awards. The song is sung in Spanish, which makes it a challenge for Miranda.
In an interview with Variety, he said:
“I was very far from my comfort zone and always had my thesaurus with me. Even after writing my first draft I wondered if the Spanish I use would translate and be at home in Colombia and Puerto Rico.
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