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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian24 Jan 2017 3:13 p.m. PST

Anyone ever notice that some of the music from Star Trek (the original) is rather close to bits from Bolero?

KTravlos Inactive Member25 Jan 2017 4:14 a.m. PST

Not surprised. Bolero is great for sci-fi

IMHO its greatest use is in the 5TH or was it 7th Battle of Tiamat in Legend of Galactic Heroes. Genius, pure genius

Sargonarhes25 Jan 2017 5:43 a.m. PST

That was the battle from the LoGH movie My Conquest is the Sea of Stars. Most of LoGH music is Gustav.

The funny thing is Jerry Goldsmith soundtrack for the Mummy has some very Star Trek TOS sounding music for it, which is a surprise as he's usually more original than that.

But I've been running the music through my head trying to hear it. It's sound similar. But about the same as John Williams using other pieces of classical music for the Star Wars soundtrack, which yes he did.
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KPinder25 Jan 2017 3:13 p.m. PST

I always thought there was a lot of Bolero in the music for that Napoleonic pot boiler The Pride and the Passion.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2017 5:50 a.m. PST

I always thought similarity more 'convergent evolution', as the Bolero had the proper exotic qualities. "According to Idries Shah the main melody is adapted from a tune composed for and used in Sufi training."

May well have been a direct influence of course, but I'm not sure I could map it directly.


Pyrate Captain31 Jan 2017 7:42 p.m. PST

No more similar than "A Whiter Shade of Pale".

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