Star Trek IV and Leonard Rosenman.
With a career that spans five decades and includes more than 100 films and television productions, Leonard Rosenman was once regarded as one of the most promising young composers in America—yet he was never a Hollywood favorite. He sometimes publicly chastised producers and directors for what he felt was musical ignorance and a lack of taste, but managed to make his voice heard by using film scoring as a way to experiment with advanced musical ideas. Some of the memorable movies that he worked on include East of Eden, Rebel without a Cause, A Man Called Horse, The Car, 1978's animated The Lord of the Rings, The Jazz Singer, and RoboCop 2. His final film was Jurij, an Italian work about a young violinist, released in 2001.
In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala begins a 13-part series on the Star Trek films. Joining him to examine Rosenman's life and career is Standard Orbit co-host Ken Tripp. Beginning with some of Rosenman's television work from the 1950s and '60s, including The Twilight Zone and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, we also focus on big-screen works such as Fantastic Voyage, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, and, of course, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. We also discuss his awards and nominations, and listen to the trailer for the low-budget horror film The Car.
September 7, 1924 (00:01:27)
The Twilight Zone (00:05:46)
"And When the Sky Was Opened" (excerpt) (00:06:19)
The Alfred Hitchock Hour (00:11:17)
"Beast in View" (excerpt) (00:11:49)
"One of the Family" (excerpt) (00:14:25)
Films, Awards, and Nominations (00:17:28)
The Car (00:19:20)
Trailer for The Car (00:21:45)
Fantastic Voyage (00:24:46)
"The Proteus" (excerpt) (00:25:48)
The Planet of the Apes Franchise (00:32:33)
"Ape Soldiers Advancing" (excerpt) (00:37:16)
"Main Title (Battle for the Planet of the Apes)" (excerpt) (00:39:58)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (00:44:30)
"Main Title" (excerpt) (00:52:24)
"Time Travel" (excerpt) (00:55:08)
"Chekov's Run" (00:58:50)
"Hospital Chase" (01:02:41)
"Crash/Whale Fugue" (excerpt) (01:04:15)
"Home Again/End Credits" (excerpt) (01:12:06)
"Kirk Freed" (01:20:34)
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
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