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Nick Martin
05-28-08, 09:29 PM
Alexander (Sandy) Courage, composer of the original Star Trek theme and an Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated arranger for TV and movies, died May 15 at the Sunrise assisted-living facility in Pacific Palisades, Calif. He was 88 and had been in declining health since 2005.

Courage's fanfare for the Starship Enterprise, written in 1965 for the first of two Star Trek pilots, was heard throughout the three original seasons of the show and has been reprised in all of the Trek feature films and several of the TV series, especially Star Trek: The Next Generation in the 1980s and '90s.

Courage's eight-note brass signature for the Enterprise may be the single best-known fanfare in the world. When told that more people know it than know Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, Courage in his typically self-deprecating fashion said that must surely be an exaggeration.

For the full story:
http://www.filmmusicsociety.org/news_events/features/newsprint.php?ArticleID=052808

Shannon Nutt
05-29-08, 12:57 PM
I actually thought he died years ago...but I guess that was Jerry Goldsmith.

Nick Martin
05-29-08, 02:17 PM
Goldsmith died in July of 2004 of cancer.

Barings
05-29-08, 02:18 PM
Did he also compose the music for the hand-to-hand combat scenes for Star Trek? If so, that rocks.

Numanoid
05-29-08, 04:21 PM
Geez, I thought he'd been dead since the '70s.

Thanks for the music, Al.

Meglos
05-29-08, 04:41 PM
Did he also compose the music for the hand-to-hand combat scenes for Star Trek? If so, that rocks.

I believe that was Gerald Fried.

Ron G
05-29-08, 08:23 PM
Did he also compose the music for the hand-to-hand combat scenes for Star Trek? If so, that rocks.

You mean the Decapodian National Anthem?

Charlie Goose
05-29-08, 08:26 PM
Did he also compose the music for the hand-to-hand combat scenes for Star Trek? If so, that rocks.
Do you mean the music to karate chop and one-leg dropkick by? It does indeed rock.

First the Andy Griffith whistler and now the Star Trek composer!

Who can be next, The Rembrandts?

Numanoid
05-29-08, 10:59 PM
'Star Trek' TV director dies
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Joseph Pevney directed notable "Star Trek" episodes

He handled "City on the Edge of Forever," "The Trouble with Tribbles"

Pevney also directed the film "Tammy and the Bachelor"

PALM DESERT, California (AP) -- Joseph Pevney, who directed some of the best-loved episodes of the original "Star Trek" television series, has died. He was 96.

Pevney died May 18 at his home in Palm Desert, said his wife, Margo.

Pevney directed 14 episodes of the 1960s series, including "The City on the Edge of Forever," in which Capt. Kirk and Spock travel back in time to the Depression, and "The Trouble With Tribbles," in which the starship Enterprise is infested with cute, furry creatures.

Pevney loved the series, said his son, Jay.

"He was surprised at the longevity of it because it was not a popular series at the time; it hit its real popularity (in syndication) after it was over," he said.

Pevney directed with precision and was highly organized "but he was very relaxed -- in fact, jovial -- in the way he directed," said George Takei, who played Sulu. "I enjoyed working with him."

Pevney had made his movie debut playing a killer in 1946's "Nocturne." As an actor, he made several other film noir appearances but then turned to directing with 1950's "Shakedown."

Pevney went on to direct more than 35 films, including two memorable movies from 1957: "Man of a Thousand Faces," which starred James Cagney as silent star Lon Chaney, and "Tammy and the Bachelor," a romantic comedy starring Debbie Reynolds that spawned her No. 1 hit record, "Tammy."

In the 1960s and '70s Pevney turned to television, directing dozens of episodes of series such as "Wagon Train," "Fantasy Island," "The Incredible Hulk" and "Trapper John, M.D."

He retired in 1985.

Born in 1911 in New York, Pevney began his entertainment career as a boy soprano in vaudeville. For several years in the 1930s and '40s, he acted in or directed Broadway productions. He came to Los Angeles after serving in the Army in World War II.Cripes, they're dropping like flies.