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1* Music/JerryGoldsmith's musical score, which invented the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaster_Beam Blaster Beam]] (if you saw ''Film/{{Inception}}'', you know what it is).* Quite a few of the musical cues in this film would go on to become ''Star Trek'' staples. The "Klingon Battle Theme" from the start would go on to become ''the'' primary Klingon theme (and Worf's {{leitmotif}}), several of the major musical cues would be referenced again and again in later works... and oh yeah, the main theme to the movie became the theme song for ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', was used as the closing theme for some of the TNG movies, and was also recycled as the opening theme for ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier''.* The film score received an Oscar nomination, and one of the most beautiful pieces from the film, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mj4z2Y1y2Ak "Ilia's Theme"]], is all but forgotten by most non-''Trek'' fans. In fact, it was played as an overture over a black screen before the film began (much as Ligeti's "Atmospheres" played before ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.)* The soundtrack of ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', which Goldsmith also scored, contains what might have been either a BrickJoke, MythologyGag, or even unrealized {{Foreshadowing}} at the end of the main title: the moment that the Borg Cube appears on screen, the same harsh chord that is played over establishing shots of V'Ger can be heard. %%* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIIX3P6Whu4 The Meld]]".%%The above example has been commented out for being zero-context. Do not uncomment it without expanding them to explain why it's awesome.* The La-La Land three-disc expansion is a must, as not only does it provide the ''complete'' score for the first time, it's chock full of alternate takes, early versions of several tracks (before Goldsmith came up with a proper theme), a few bonus outtakes, and the original soundtrack album tracks. Throw in a funky disco pop version of the main theme and "A Star Beyond Time", a version of Ilia's Theme with lyrics sung by Shaun Cassidy.* "The Enterprise," the stunning cue that plays during the "Kirk looks at the ''Enterprise'' for a thousand years"[[note]]Well, six minutes[[/note]] scene, is a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for both Jerry Goldsmith and the orchestra itself--scoring sessions generally require multiple performances of a track, but they nailed it on '''the first take'''. This came after the music was rewritten, as when Goldsmith started the score, they did not yet have a definitive title theme. The original piece had been written with a nautical theme, and would not be completely out of place in a ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' film, but it didn't feel like ''Star Trek''. That said, once they had their theme, they nailed it.

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