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Goldsmith Out, McCarthy In For 'Broken Bow'

By Christian
July 26, 2001 - 2:28 PM

Star Trek producers were reported this week to have selected composer Dennis McCarthy to score the Enterprise pilot, but were still undecided on a composer for the show's main title theme.

According to Soundtrack Magazine, McCarthy has landed the assignment of scoring 'Broken Bow,' the two-hour Enterprise pilot. McCarthy has previously created mostly orchestral scores for Star Trek, but it is not yet known if this will continue for Enterprise. Executive Producer Rick Berman recently promised that the show would "be using a little bit more contemporary kind of music. [...] It's not all of a sudden that the show is going to be scored with electric guitars. It's going to be a little hipper."

Meanwhile, Jerry Goldsmith will apparently not be composing the Enterprise main theme. Last month, the high-profile composer said that he would soon be creating the theme for a new TV series (story), his first in more than five years. While it was thought that this would be Enterprise, Jerry Goldsmith Online reported today that he is working on a "major TV series," but this is not Star Trek. It has apparently not been decided yet who will be creating the Enterprise theme.

Dennis McCarthy is one of Trek's most high-profile composers. He first scored the Next Generation pilot 'Encounter at Farpoint,' and went on to score dozens of TNG episodes. The producers' faith in McCarthy was confirmed when he was asked to compose the main theme of Deep Space Nine and create the soundtrack for 'Star Trek: Generations,' and he stayed with the franchise for Voyager.

McCarthy has been the recipient of an ASCAP Film & TV Award, honouring the composers of music from television and movies, for the past four years. In addition, in 1995 he won an Emmy Award for his work on the Voyager episode 'Heroes & Demons.' Music from that episode, as well as from dozens of other Trek episodes, can be downloaded using a free trial at eMusic.

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