Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Release date
1979
Running length
18 tracks
Running time
66:27

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Ilia's Theme 3:00 30,803
2 Main Title 3:37 64,746
3 Klingon Battle 5:25 9,543
4 Total Logic 3:43 6,162
5 Floating Office 1:02 9,032
6 The Enterprise 5:57 26,437
7 Leaving Drydock 3:28 22,327
8 Spock's Arrival 1:57 5,931
9 The Cloud 4:56 10,755
10 Vejur Flyover 4:56 9,539
11 The Force Field 5:01 2,846
12 Games 3:40 3,926
13 Spock Walk 4:17 5,974
14 Inner Workings 3:00 4,143
15 Vejur Speaks 3:49 2,598
16 The Meld 3:08 11,395
17 A Good Start 2:25 2,731
18 End Titles 3:06 1,642

About this album

The score for Star Trek: The Motion Picture was written by Jerry Goldsmith, who would later compose the scores Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, and Star Trek Nemesis, as well as the themes to the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager. Gene Roddenberry had originally wanted Goldsmith to score Star Trek’s pilot episode, “The Cage”, but the composer was unavailable. When Wise signed on to direct, Paramount asked the director if he had any objection to using Goldsmith. Wise, who had worked with the composer for The Sand Pebbles, replied “Hell, no. He’s great!” Wise would later consider his work with Goldsmith one of the best relationships he ever had with a composer.

Goldsmith was influenced by the style of the romantic, sweeping music of Star Wars. “When you stop and think about it, space is a very romantic thought. It is, to me, like the Old West, we’re up in the universe. It’s about discovery and new life […] it’s really the basic premise of Star Trek,” he said. Goldsmith’s initial bombastic main theme reminded Ramsay and Wise of sailing ships. Unable to articulate what he felt was wrong with the piece, Wise recommended writing an entirely different piece. Although irked by the rejection, Goldsmith consented to re-work his initial ideas. Star Trek: The Motion Picture is the only Star Trek film to have a true overture, using “Ilia’s Theme” in this role. Star Trek and The Black Hole would be the only feature films to use an overture from the end of 1979 until the year 2000 (with the movie Dancer in the Dark).

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  • Slayerrrr_88

    Goldsmith's score perfectly embodies the spirit and the impetus of Gene Roddenberry's Vision of Starfleet...[3]

    13 Jan 9:46pm Reply
  • Lowbacca

    Goldsmith's score perfectly embodies the spirit and the impetus of Gene Roddenberry's Vision of Starfleet...[2] - a score for the ages

    27 Sep 2014 Reply
  • inuyasha16

    http://z13.invisionfree.com/Deep_Space_Nine/index.php

    18 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Terrasidius

    This really is one of the best soundtracks I have ever heard in my life, so full and complete and imaginative. I adore his use of the blaster beam instrument. :)

    20 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Holzhaus

    Goldsmith's score perfectly embodies the spirit and the impetus of Gene Roddenberry's Vision of Starfleet...Great work, especcially Ilia's Theme, Leaving Drydock and - of course - Main Title!

    24 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Silver_Doe

    Amazing soundtrack!

    16 Dec 2008 Reply
  • anekrel

    Fantastic score that doesn't get much recognition. It has a fullness to it that makes it seem almost like a symphony in addition to a motion picture soundtrack.

    12 Jun 2008 Reply
  • NeeJ49er

    Goldsmith was so bold & creative, I love his style, he added a strong element to everyone of the the films he scored ....I love this particular track !!!

    5 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Terrasidius

    totally :)

    23 Dec 2007 Reply
  • uncle_aubrey

    I can only call this score unspoiled genius.

    11 Dec 2007 Reply
  • Terrasidius

    this score is pure genius awesome!

    15 Jul 2007 Reply
  • nDroae

    Main Title, Main Theme, End Title, or End Credits are almost always tracks found on multiple scores by the same composer. The system can't differentiate between them at this time.

    26 Mar 2007 Reply
  • evilneuro

    tracks 2 and 18 are available for preview, but track 18 is from Alien, and I don't know what track 2 is from ... sounds a bit like First Blood or Rambo.

    5 Jul 2006 Reply

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