Episode 5: Star Trek (TV)

Star Trek is one of the most enduring television series of all time, with more than 700 episodes over 30 seasons. Even disregarding the films, it’s also seen some great composers: Alexander Courage, Jerry Goldsmith, Dennis McCarthy, and Jay Chattaway. In our fifth episode of Art of the Score, we’re shifting to the small screen as we take a look at how the music of Star Trek has defined the final frontier over 50 years.


Episode notes:

2:40 – Overview of the Star Trek series and how each series changed
8:50 – The original series theme by Alexander Courage
11:30 – The three elements of the main theme and its optimism
13:45 – The beguine rhythm
17:00 – The jazz harmonies underpinning the original theme
19:00 – Lost in Space comparison
21:10 – ‘Amok Time’, Season 2 Episode 5 by Gerald Fried
25:30 – ‘The Doomsday Machine’, Season 2 Episode 6 by Sol Kaplan
28:00 – Emphasis on action music in the original series
29:33 – The Next Generation theme by Jerry Goldsmith
32:00 – Differences between minor sevenths and major sevenths for the fanfare
33:45 – ‘The Best of Both Worlds, Part One’, Season 3, Episode 26 by Ron Jones
38:33 – ‘The Inner Light’, Season 5, Episode 26, Jay Chattaway
46:06 – Deep Space Nine theme by Dennis McCarthy
51:20 – Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland
54:50 – ‘The Changing Face of Evil’, Season 7, Episode 20, Jay Chattaway
59:57 – Voyager theme by Jerry Goldsmith
1:06:00 – ‘The Year of Hell’, Season 4, Episode 9, Dennis McCarthy
1:08:00 – Drama versus action in Star Trek scoring
1:10:29 – Enterprise theme by Diane Warren
1:17:17 – Archer’s Theme by Dennis McCarthy
1:21:05 – Andrew’s favourite Star Trek moment

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