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 Posted:   Jul 13, 2014 - 7:30 AM   
 By:   Anabel Boyer   (Member)

I'm not a trekkie but I have eventually watched -- and enjoyed -- the first remastered season, one episode per day. I don't own the gorgeous Lalaland box set release and can't have access to the explicit liner notes but I have a question about THE DEVIL IN THE DARK : are the 15-20 first seconds from stock music by Bernard Herrmann?

Anabel, I don't think STAR TREK ever used stock music from "outside their roster", so I'd rule out Bernard Herrmann. As "Devil in the Dark" had no original score, I'm guessing that the cue you refer to might have been by Fred Steiner, re-tracked from a previous episode. Steiner often used Herrmannesque touches on TREK.

I'm really now doubting what I have just written... memory not so good lately... Do I hit "Post Message" and risk being known as a nincompoop for the rest of eternity? Bah, why not. Here goes -


You did right and hit "Post Message"! Herrmann = CBS and Star Rek = NBC. So it's not Herrmann. Exciting opening herrmannesque cue by Steiner, though!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2014 - 7:30 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Phew! Thanks Adam!

 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2014 - 7:31 AM   
 By:   Anabel Boyer   (Member)

When we see the matte painting of the caverns, the music was tracked from the episode "The Corbomite Maneuver" by Fred Steiner. The track title is Fesarius Approaches.

Thank you Adam. And I should be really ashamed because THE CORBOMITE MANEUVER is my favorite episode of season 1 but at the time i watched THE DEVIL IN THE DARK i had forgotten i had heard that cue before -- impossible to forget the brilliant exciting cue for the mysterious floating device, though.

 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2014 - 6:33 AM   
 By:   Other Tallguy   (Member)

There is a lot of Steiner music that could easily be described as "Herrmann-esque". Wonderful stuff.

 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2014 - 12:58 PM   
 By:   Jeff Bond   (Member)

I actually asked Fred once if he was ever inspired by Herrmann and he was a bit annoyed by the question. But he did say that he used repeating figures a lot in his TV music to make it easier to edit, knowing that the cues might be truncated and/or tracked after he'd recorded them.

 
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