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From Courage to Giacchino: a Star Trek Legacy
• Posted by: Rebecca   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 11:19 p.m.
• IP Address: c-24-22-56-190.hsd1.wa.comcast.net
• Now Playing: The Wrath of Khan by James Horner

I don't remember the first time I every heard the original Star Trek theme by Alexander Courage. My father has been an avid Trekkie since the series began in the 1960's. He had every movie from 'Star Trek the Motion Picture' to Insurrection'.
To me, the composers of these films were legends: Alexander Courage, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Cliff Eidelman, Leonard Rosenman; These were the names that had shaped my world of what music should sound like.
So when talk began of a new 'Star Trek' by JJ Abrams, I was excited, and wary at the same time. Jerry Goldsmith, who had written the mass majority of the music for these films, was dead. James Horner was scoring the music for 'Avatar', and Rosenman and Eidelman seemed to have dropped off the edge of the world.
When the night finally came and we were sitting in the theater waiting for the film to start, I was chewing my nails. I had no idea what to expect. I was braced for the worst, an electric guitar butchery of the old themes, but what I heard was exactly the opposite.
The main theme was simple, but fantastic; a combination of cellos and horns that switched from major to minor and back, repeating and building into a series of strong stacatto bursts that echoed the pounding of excitement in my chest.
A strong, driving theme performed by trombones and drums depicted Nero and his lust for revenge, a hard Minor key that carried all the weight of his hatred against Spock and the Vulcan race.
When the end credits began to roll, and for the first time on any of the Star Trek movies I heard the full strains of Alexander Courage's original score, I thought I'd died and gone to Heaven. This was without a doubt the peak of the film's score. The original television theme, performed by vocals and full orchestra, and tweaked here and there into that glorious Minor Key, and interwoven with it Michael Giacchino's new score gave a heart and soul quality to the Star Trek genre that I had never expected to hear again.
My recomendation? Buy the soundtrack. Put on your earphones, kick back in your chair, close your eyes, and enjoy the show. It's worth every penny.






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