Russell Schroeder has written and self-published an eye-opening (and ear-opening) book on the unused music for Disney films (both animated and live-action). The book, called Disney’s Lost Chords, is being published in a limited edition of 1000 copies, and is available solely from the author. The book features 77 (mostly) unheard songs and is illustrated with over 200 pieces of never before published developmental art.
Disney’s Lost Chords presents the Vocal/Piano arrangements for 77 unused songs originally written such classic Disney films as Song of the South, Fun and Fancy Free, Melody Time, So Dear to My Heart, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, The Story of Anyburg, U.S.A., Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book. As an added bonus this volume includes musical numbers from several projects like Rainbow Road to Oz and Chanticler that were eventually shelved after initial development. The cover art (by Mary Blair, at left) was created in 1948 for a souvenir program for an event benefiting the Hospitalized Veterans Music Service of the Musicians’ Emergency Fund.
Musician and Disney historian Alex Rannie has seen the book and has this to say: