Thursday, May 29, 2008

RIP: Alexander Courage, 'Star Trek' Theme Writer

From the SYFY Portal, Michael Hinman writes:
Alexander Courage, the man behind the theme to the original "Star Trek" has died at 88. He passed away May 15, according to Film Music Society. By the time he was asked to write the theme to "Star Trek" he already had more than 30 composing credits, and the fanfare from his theme would earn him credit in a number of later Star Trek films, including those that involved the crew of "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Courage would end his association with Star Trek when Roddenberry wrote lyrics to his theme reportedly as a way for him to collect on half the royalties Courage would receive for writing the song. The lyrics would never be used in the series or later movies, and Courage was said to have felt he had been cheated by Roddenberry.

Click here for a documentary on Courage's career

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