From CNN.com: ‘Star Trek’ theme composer dies at 88
Alexander “Sandy” Courage, an Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated
arranger, orchestrator and composer who created the otherworldly theme
for the classic “Star Trek” TV show, has died. He was 88.
The Star Trek fanfare immediately signals, this is Star Trek. It’s one of the most recognizable pieces of music in television.
I didn’t like the theme song as much when I was little, but it’s pretty kitschy cool today. I hope the new Star Trek movie uses it.
There’s a little interesting point about the lyrics in the story.
“Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry later wrote lyrics to the
tune, which were never sung on the show but entitled him to half the
royalties, Courage said.
According to wikipedia, Gene Roddenberry only wrote the lyrics to cash in on the royalties, saying “Hey, I have to get some money somewhere. I’m sure not going to get it out of the profits of Star Trek“. This caused Courage to end his association with Star Trek.
Reading the lyrics, doesn’t seem quite fair that Roddenberry got half for his contribution!
Lyrics to Star Trek theme song
The rim of the starlight
Is wand’ring in star flight
I know he’ll find in star clustered reaches
Love, strange love a star woman teaches
His journey ends never
His Star Trek
Will go on forever
But tell him
While he wanders his starry sea