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Disney’s Lost Chords


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:

Disney music is an area of personal interest and expertise; I’ve read most all there is to read about music at the Studio. But nothing could prepare me for the depth of research and breadth of artistry in Russell Schroeder’s book. I can’t offer enough praise for Russell’s labor of love, and once word gets out, Disney’s Lost Chords is going to disappear faster than you can say “Bob’s your uncle!”

Hardcover, 9 1/4 x 12 1/4
312 pp., illus.
A Limited, Numbered, Edition of1000 copies
Available only through:
2055 Lower Tuskeegee Road
Robbinsville, NC 28771

Download order form here (PDF FILE)

  • Bryan

    Contest, contest, contest!! And besides, I don’t live too far away from their location so shipping would be cheap.

  • Chuck

    I have a stupid question: Is there a CD (or two) included with this book, or are the unused songs presented solely as sheet music?

  • Bill Field

    I want this book. It’s pricey at first glance, but it’s over 300 pages, lt’s limited to 1000 copies and has ringing endorsements by the folks who matter in the soundtrack community. The Mary Blair cover is awesomely appropriate, and is a great invitation for what’s inside. Schroeder, an appropriately musical last name, of the composer and Peanuts’s piano playing music maven. Great job Russell!

  • George

    I’m having trouble bringing up th PDF form. Is there a way around that? I’m sure this book will be fantastic, thanks for the heads up!

  • Russell Schroeder has delivered a teriffic book.

    Who can beat Disney music and animation? I grew up falling in love with both — so you can bet I’m in tune with this book.

    Good job, Russell.

  • Jenny

    I too am wondering if there’s a CD with the book.

    Sounds like it, but there’s no explicit mention of one. If it’s “yes” I’ll definitely get it.

  • I was hoping Alex Rannie would respond to queries about a CD. He wrote me in an email:

    “In reply to some of the comments, there is currently no CD available of the demos, but there will be if I have anything to say about it.”

    I’m not sure if that means there still may be a CD included – or not. Alex?

  • GhaleonQ

    This is absolutely phenomenal. Shouldn’t there be, you know, tremendous, even mainstream, excitement about this?

  • Alex is having a problem posting comments. He sent along this further note:

    The book “Disney’s Lost Chords” does not contain a CD. Some of the songs mentioned in the book can be heard as extras on various Disney CDs and DVDs (Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, etc.).

    There is, as of yet, no CD album solely devoted to these unheard Disney melodies, but several folks are working to remedy this situation.

  • For those who cannot open the PDF order form, on my blog I posted it as a JPG here