Monthly Archives: May 2009

My friend Tommy Osuna has finished an album I made a contribution playing bass. You can check out my bass playing, but Tommy’s guitar playing is the main attraction – especially on Tribal and Eagle.

Posted 8 years ago by John Piscitello

Since everyone’s claiming to have written Viva La Vida, why not get some more people into the act? There is a striking similarity to the opening of Star Trek and the opening of Mahler’s Titan Symphony.

Could Mahler be the secret author of the Star Trek theme???

Listen to the first 20 seconds of Star Trek: TNG:

and the first 30 seconds of Mahler:

Here is the theme again, this time from the original Star Trek series:

Here is an interview of Alexander Courage about writing the theme – he mentions a radio tune by Richard Whiting as an influence, but not Mahler.

The interview has an interesting bit in the final minute about how they recorded the sound effect for the Enterprise whooshing by in space….

(Another blogger Superconductor spotted this some time ago, also noting that the fanfare is a quote from Mahler’s 7th…)

Posted 8 years ago by John Piscitello