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Sunday, June 01, 2008


Sadly, we recently lost both Alexander Courage and Earle Hagen, two of the most highly regarded composers, particularly in the field of episodic TV.
Courage is of course best remembered for his work on the original Star Trek series and for its distinctive main theme, but he also worked on shows like The Waltons, going on to orchestrate in later years for Jerry Goldsmith, composer of course of the Waltons theme. His forays into the cinema were few and far between, The Left-Handed Gun, being probably his most remembered.
Hagen, who in recent years had his autobiography "Memories of a Famous Composer - Nobody Ever Heard Of," published, is remembered for a whole variety of work in the field of TV scoring, including I Spy, The Andy Griffith Show, The Mod Squad and The Dick Van Dyke Show. Both men were 88.
Archival streaming video interviews with both composers are available at


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