Dennis McCarthy, the prolific composer who scored much of Star Trek on TV and Film from 1987-2005, is being honored by ASCAP this summer with the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award. More details below.
McCarthy’s Trek To ASCAP
Dennis McCarthy composed the music for 260 episodes of Star Trek, more than any other composer. His career with Trek spans from Star Trek The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager to Enterprise. In fact McCarthy scored the first episode of TNG ("Encounter at Farpoint") and the last episode of Enterprise ("These are the Voyages"). McCarthy also scored the theme for DS9, the end credits for Enterprise and feature film Star Trek: Generations. He has previously won a number of ASCAP awards for his work on Trek and was nominated for nine Emmys, winning only one (for his DS9 theme).
McCarthy conducts the Star Trek orchestra on the last day of recording for "Enterprise"
At the 25th annual ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards, McCarthy will be honored with the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award. This award is presented to songwriters, composers, and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Past recipients include Mark Snow, Andre Previn, Garth
Brooks, José Feliciano, Alan Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and Jay-Z, Tom Petty, and Stevie Wonder. In a statement ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams said of McCarthy: "Dennis has composed scores for beloved TV series and films for over three decades, and he is still at the top of his craft. His music for Star Trek has earned him industry accolades and captured the hearts of multiple generations of Trekkies. We are proud to give the Golden Note Award to Dennis in recognition of his long and illustrious career."
The release includes this profile of McCarthy:
One of today’s most in-demand composers for film and television, Dennis McCarthy got his first major breakthrough when country/pop star Glen Campbell asked him to play keyboards on hits "Gentle On My Mind" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix." Campbell eventually brought McCarthy on board as an "on the road" arranger/conductor, then hired him as musical director on the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour variety show for four years. McCarthy served as musical director for The Barbara Mandrell Show for several years, then acted as scoring assistant to legendary composer Alex North before embarking on his own composing career in the early 1980s. McCarthy’s first Hollywood scoring job was for the Dukes of Hazzard spin-off Enos in 1981. Warner Bros. hired him to score V: The Final Battle, the new incarnation of The Twilight Zone, Dynasty, MacGyver and a slew of movies-of-the-week. In 1987, McCarthy got his most prominent job to date when he became a regular composer for Star Trek: The Next Generation; he has since contributed music to every subsequent Star Trek series, and scored the Star Trek: Generations film in 1994. McCarthy’s musical versatility brought him numerous feature films and made-for-TV movies, including Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story, McHale’s Navy and Letters from a Killer. He recently jumped into theatre work, composing music for numerous plays for South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA. McCarthy is a seven-time Emmy nominee, and won the award in 1993 for his theme to Deep Space Nine and again in 1996 for his music for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Unification, Part 1." Among his latest projects, McCarthy is scoring the sitcom Related for Warner Bros.
In addition to McCarthy, Star Trek music vets Michael Giacchino and James Horner will be honored for their 2009 work in Up and Avatar respectively. The 25th annual ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards takes place June 24, 2010 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
More information at ascap.com
McCarthy Trek music
Here are a couple of selected tracks from McCarthy’s time with Trek
McCarthy’s theme for DS9
Overture from Generations
Archer’s Theme from Enterprise
More info on Dennis at dennismccarthy.com, including videos of his last scoring session with Star Trek.
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