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Fascinating video shows Star Trek’s original theme song’s surprising musical origins

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Jan 15, 2014, 1:53 PM EST (Updated)

The Star Trek theme -- beginning with its famous opening monologue by William Shatner, “Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise,” as well as the simple, opening notes from the theme, are now forever in the minds of Trek fans everywhere.

Written by Alexander Courage back in 1964, this now-iconic theme has endured for 50 years and has been played during the opening and closing credits of Star Trek: The Original Series, as well as in numerous Trek films.

But did you know that this famous opening had roots to some of history’s greatest classical music composers of all time, uncluding the likes of Beethoven, Brahms and Mahler?

That’s what host Tom Allen discovers in a rather interesting video released by Canada’s CBC Music in which he explores the musical connection between the iconic Star Trek theme and these gods of composition.

Music may not be our main business, but we found this fascinating. How about you?

(via Trek News)

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