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Star Trek Music DUEL GOLDSMITH vs HORNER

Old 03-16-07, 07:33 PM
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Star Trek Music DUEL GOLDSMITH vs HORNER

Who's Better?

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Old 03-16-07, 09:09 PM
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Oooooh, that's a hard one.

A real hard one.


We can thank Jerry Goldsmith for giving us the Star Trek Motion Picture theme heard on Parts I, V, and the Next Generation TV show and movies, BUT:

I've got a soft spot for James Horner's beautiful theme in Wrath of Khan. The music where they show Spock's coffin settling down on Genesis was beautifully composed.

However, Horner loses points for re-using his own themes in different movies (like Star Trek and Aliens).
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Goldsmith's fanfare that he established for ST: TMP is the definitive version of the theme, IMO. One of the best sci-fi scores ever written, up there with Herrmann's The Day the Earth Stood Still.

When Horner was starting out in the early '80s, yeah, he was pretty good. There were several great action moments in TWOK and that terrific arrangement of "Amazing Grace" that's not on the soundtrack album. I felt his main theme mimicked Goldsmith's rendition -- not so much the melody as much as the way it was orchestrally structured. As for ST III, it was Horner on auto-pilot, with a bit too much Prokofiev throughout.
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Originally Posted by Eplicon
Goldsmith's fanfare that he established for ST: TMP is the definitive version of the theme, IMO. One of the best sci-fi scores ever written, up there with Herrmann's The Day the Earth Stood Still.

When Horner was starting out in the early '80s, yeah, he was pretty good. There were several great action moments in TWOK and that terrific arrangement of "Amazing Grace" that's not on the soundtrack album. I felt his main theme mimicked Goldsmith's rendition -- not so much the melody as much as the way it was orchestrally structured. As for ST III, it was Horner on auto-pilot, with a bit too much Prokofiev throughout.

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Old 03-16-07, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Eplicon
Goldsmith's fanfare that he established for ST: TMP is the definitive version of the theme, IMO. One of the best sci-fi scores ever written, up there with Herrmann's The Day the Earth Stood Still.

When Horner was starting out in the early '80s, yeah, he was pretty good. There were several great action moments in TWOK and that terrific arrangement of "Amazing Grace" that's not on the soundtrack album. I felt his main theme mimicked Goldsmith's rendition -- not so much the melody as much as the way it was orchestrally structured. As for ST III, it was Horner on auto-pilot, with a bit too much Prokofiev throughout.

The score for Star Trek III is pretty much a copy of Star Trek II overall, isn't it?
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III is similar to II in many ways the only differences are he replaced the Khan bad guy music with a somewhat inferior Klingon theme.

I vote for Horner though. Goldsmith was epic in TMP, the rest of his Trek movie themes, V and VIII where weak. Horner's Trek II has always been my favorite soundtrack. The main theme, is just great, and the battle in the mutara nebula has all the right beats. The spock death music is great too.

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