'Star Trek IV' composer was initial choice to write 'Discovery' theme

By: H&I Staff     Posted: November 1, 2017, 12:34PM

Image: Cliff Eidelman / Spotify

By now, we’re all familiar with the theme music from Star Trek: Discovery. The orchestral intro was praised before the show even premiered, for putting a modern twist on the classic theme. 

While the theme composed by Jeff Russo is great — after all, it was the one that made the cut — io9 reported that it wasn’t the only one in the running.

Cliff Eidelman, who worked on the soundtrack for Star Trek IV: The Undiscovered Country was actually in the talks of composing the theme for Discovery. Via a Facebook live chat, Eidelman explained that he wrote two potential pieces for the show to play for prior co-creator Bryan Fuller for consideration. Despite having written for Deep Space Nine and Voyager, Fuller left the Discovery team last October — almost a year before the show premiered.

"New people came in and they went in a different direction. The reason I was there was because of Bryan Fuller, and when he left I kind of went with him and wasn’t kept on," Eidelman said. "I was not signed on. I was never hired or engaged formally. I was just encouraged."

While it’s a bummer than Eidelman sunk so much time into a project that didn’t come to fruition, he’s released the two unused pieces, alongside two more that he wrote on an EP titled Into the Unknown.

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