Worthy of Survival (3:59)

Cover of The Music of Battlestar Galactica for Solo Piano, Vol. One

From The Music of Battlestar Galactica for Solo Piano, Vol. One

The “Worthy of Survival” theme was developed as a melancholy variation of the “Prelude to War” cue used to score the combat scenes in “Pegasus” and “Resurrection Ship, Parts 1 and 2”.
“While the accompanimental figures come from Prelude, the melody is wholly original to this theme. First stated on a lonely duduk, and then in octaves by the violins and violas, it is a melancholy and contemplative tune.” — Bear McCreary

Taking its title from a line of dialogue in “Resurrection Ship, Part 2”, the theme was intended to play as Starbuck prepares to assassinate Admiral Helena Cain, but only a small fragment was used in the final cut of the episode. McCreary re-worked the theme for the second season finale, “Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 2”, and a bolder statement of the theme played over the Cylons’ occupation of New Caprica. “Worthy of Survival” returned in its most tragic and melancholy statement as the cue playing over Saul Tigh’s uxoricide of Ellen Tigh.
Appearances: “Resurrection Ship, Part 2”, “Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 2”, “Exodus, Part 2”, “Daybreak, Part 2”.

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  • kirktanel

    I'm getting really irritated with Last.fm, forcing me to listen to boring piano versions of McCreary's great works

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Uzara

    Dark, poignant and unstoppable. After so many years, it's still full of emotion. Timeless. [2]

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • kaanixir

    Today I woke up with this melody in my head. Hmm...

    17 Jun 2013 Reply
  • kirktanel

    Dark, poignant and unstoppable. After so many years, it's still full of emotion. Timeless

    16 May 2013 Reply
  • ZultanUK

    simply beautiful.....such an amazing soundtrack. The music in this series really made it stand out from everything else on TV. I still get goosebumps when I listen / watch Battlestar!

    24 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Korosuke

    Probably my fave.

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