Someday My Prince Will Come

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"Someday My Prince Will Come"
Song by Adriana Caselotti
from the album Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Recorded1937
GenrePop
Length1:53
LabelWalt Disney
Composer(s)Frank Churchill
Lyricist(s)Larry Morey

Production[edit]

Conception[edit]

Adriana Caselotti was cast in the 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs after interrupting a phone conversation her father - a voice coach - was having on the phone with a Walt Disney talent scout. The scout was casting the upcoming film and noted that a previous candidate had sounded like a 30 year old so was let go; Caselotti picked up the extension and recommended herself. Only 18 at the time, Disney thought she sounded like a 14 year old which is what he wanted and offered her the part. She worked on the film for a nominal fee for three years while the film was in production.[1]

Composition[edit]

Meanwhile, Frank Churchill was chosen as the film's composer, who was instructed my Walt Disney to write something "quaint" in order to “appeal more than the hot stuff". The song sees Caselotti perform with "piercing top notes" and "mushy vibrato". The chord structure that underpins the melody has an atypical quality, that led it to become popular within jazz circles. A long-time partner of Disney, after hearing that his work om Bambi was monotonous and uninteresting, he would died at a piano from a gunshot wound in 1942.[1]

Context[edit]

This song first appears 57:40 into the movie, when Princess Snow White sings a bedtime song for the dwarfs after their small party. It later appears when Snow White is making a pie and once more in a more formal version when the prince takes Snow White away at the end.

Release[edit]

Aftermath[edit]

After the film's release, the song became popular outside the context of the narrative as a jazz standard. The first performance was within the Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1943, played by band known as the Ghetto Swingers. After World War II, it was performed by jazz musicians such as Dave Brubeck, who included it on his 1957 album Dave Digs Disney. Another popular recording came from Miles Davis in 1961, who named his album after it.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

The Financial Times wrote that the song "spelt out the tantalising promise of love and nurture".[1]

Legacy[edit]

The American Film Institute listed this song at No. 19 on their list of the 100 greatest songs in movie history. Following "When You Wish Upon A Star" from Pinocchio at No. 7, this is the second highest ranked song from a Disney movie out of four, with the other two being "Beauty and the Beast" from Beauty and the Beast at No. 62 and "Hakuna Matata" from The Lion King at No. 99. The song was then briefly sung on the 1971 sitcom All in the Family by Edith Bunker in the episode "Archie's Weighty Problem".

Selected covers[edit]

Jazz covers[edit]

Pop covers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Pizzichini, Lilian (2016-07-08). "The Life of a Song: 'Someday My Prince Will Come'". Financial Times. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire. New York City: Oxford University Press. p. 381. ISBN 978-0-19-993739-4.
  3. ^ Nastos, Michael G. "Jazz in the Garden". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Snow White"
  5. ^ Ayu-Vogue.net - a tribute to Ayumi Hamasaki Archived 2009-02-07 at the Wayback Machine

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