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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Theme Song First Listen: Watch a 60-Piece Orchestra Bring the Music to Life

Hear how the new theme invokes the old.

Star Trek Discovery Sonequa Martin-Green

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For “Trek” fans who have been waiting eagerly to get a sense of how “Star Trek: Discovery” will emulate the series that have come before, the below behind-the-scenes clip should make it clear that the past is very much a part of the present.

As composer Jeff Russo explains, the original theme for the series is incorporated into the new music at both the beginning and end, a tribute to Alexander Courage’s iconic work. “It’s built into the DNA of the show,” as executive producer Alex Kurtzman explains. Russo conducts a 60-piece orchestra in the below video, in an era when live performers for a soundtrack are considered a bit of a luxury.

“Star Trek: Discovery” is set ten years before “Star Trek: The Original Series,” and tracks the adventures of Lt. Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) in a time period when the Federation is in deep conflict with the Klingons. Initially developed by Bryan Fuller, the cast also includes Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Maulik Pancholy, Anthony Rapp, Michelle Yeoh, Kenneth Mitchell, Clare McConnell, Damon Runyan, Rekha Sharma, Mary Wiseman, and Rainn Wilson.

“Star Trek: Discovery” premieres on CBS and CBS All Access Sunday, Sept. 24, with subsequent episodes running on CBS All Access. Listen to the score, and the thought process behind it, below.

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