But she won't discover that it's him 'til Chapter Three! "[8] According to Broadway actress and singer[9] Paige O'Hara, who both recorded the song and provided the voice of Belle, Ashman and Menken "wanted to leave the pop music sound of Mermaid behind and go for something more Jerome Kern/Rodgers & Hammerstein" for Beauty and the Beast. [64] The performance was a Beauty and the Beast medley, during which O'Hara musically combined "Belle" with "Beauty and the Beast" and "Be Our Guest".[65]. [52] According to producer Don Hahn, Disney was actually hoping that the award would go to "Beauty and the Beast" and promoted the song heavily, spending significantly less money and attention on "Belle". "Belle" is a highly complex piece, which comprises the interweaving of conversation snippets from several characters. "[49], Alongside "Be Our Guest" and "Beauty and the Beast", "Belle" was one of the three Beauty and the Beast songs that received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song at the 64th Academy Awards in 1992. [28] Finally, in a Broadway-style climax, the song concludes with virtually every villager singing together. In roughly five minutes, the song explains both Belle and Gaston's roles in Beauty and the Beast to the audience. While Belle, a book-loving and intelligent nonconformist who has grown frustrated with her predictable village life, longs for an adventure similar to the ones she reads about in her books,[21] Gaston is a narcissistic hunter who seeks her hand in marriage. Get Notified about the latest hits and trends, so that you are always on top of the latest in music when it comes to your friends. [14] Much to their surprise, "Belle" was ultimately very well-liked and "adored by the [creative] team",[15] becoming one of the film's few songs to remain unmodified during production. To disable, switch Autoplay to ‘OFF’ under Settings. "[28] After this, "Belle" adopts a faster pace, becoming a "rhythmically driven tune" several patrons perform at various times throughout the musical number. Yes, diff'rent from the rest of us is Belle! O'Hara was also forced to wear a rendition of Belle's blue and white costume from the film, of which she was harshly critical because she felt that it was "much too frilly", and Belle is supposed to dress "much simpler." [53] Oh No They Didn't ranked "Belle" at number twenty in its article "The Top 25 Disney Songs of All Time". But you may re-read any of the old ones that you'd like, Your library makes our small corner of the world feel big, Look there she goes, the girl is so peculiar. Filmtracks.com hailed the song as "among the most satisfying and clever cast pieces in history," worthy of its nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. But ever since the war, I've felt like I've been missing something. Ashman and Menken initially doubted that the filmmakers would appreciate their very theatrical approach to animation. Requested tracks are not available in your region. [17] As Beauty and the Beast's opening number,[18][19] "Belle", a "pivotal moment...in the narrative",[20] plays a significant role in the film by introducing both the film's heroine, Belle,[18] after whom the song is named, and Gaston, the film's villain. [11] James Berardinelli of ReelViews described "Belle" as "the animated equivalent of Broadway show-stoppers, with all the energy and audacity of something choreographed by Busby Berkeley. Combined, O'Hara's soprano[33][34][35] and White's baritone[36][37] vocal ranges span approximately two octaves, from the low note of A3, sung by White, to the high note G5, sung by O'Hara. This song is sung by Emma Watson. [10] The film's songs and musical numbers, which were written to both "propel the plot" and offer "character development",[11] were heavily influenced by French, classical and traditional Broadway music. This rousing number reaches such a flurry of musical counterpoint that it recalls sources as unlikely as, This page was last edited on 14 October 2020, at 20:21. Ahh, if it isn't the only bookworm in town! Just watch, I'm going to make Belle my wife! "Belle" has been universally acclaimed by film and music critics. Belle by Paige O'Hara (Ft. Jesse Corti & Richard White) Beauty and the Beast: The Broadway Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Original Broadway Cast of Beauty and the Beast 1. [50][51] "Belle" ultimately lost to the film's title and theme song. Now it's no wonder that her name means "Beauty". This will remove all the songs from your queue. There must be more than this provincial life! The film's first song and opening number, "Belle" appears during Beauty and the Beast as a large scale operetta-style production number that introduces the film's heroine Belle, considered a book-loving nonconformist by the townspeople of the village, who has grown weary of the provincial life in which she is supposed to live, and Gaston, the film's narcissistic villain who wishes to desire her hand in marriage despite Belle's repeated rejections. [14], Hoping to write a song that would successfully "portray [Belle] in a world that is so protected and safe", Ashman and Menken drew inspiration from a story-telling style that is often reserved for traditional operettas. [9] Described by Filmtracks.com as a "snare-tapping song",[32] "Belle" is, according to sheet music originally published by Walt Disney Music Publishing, a Broadway-inspired and musical theatre-influenced song, performed at a moderate "pastorally" tempo of 80 beats per minute in the key of D major. Belle song from the album Beauty and the Beast (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is released on Mar 2017 . 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Originally recorded by American actress and singer Paige O'Hara and American actor Richard White, "Belle", a mid-tempo French and classical music-inspired song, incorporates both Broadway and musical theatre elements. "Belle" is a song written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman for Walt Disney Pictures' 30th animated feature film Beauty and the Beast (1991). [25][26][27] The song begins slowly with Belle performing a down-tempo solo about a typical morning in her village before several other villagers and patrons join her when she sings "bonjour. This song … [5] Disney then hired lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken to write the film's songs and assist in the "transform[ing of] Beauty and the Beast into a musical", the pair having just recently collaborated on scoring The Little Mermaid.