Since the big Comic-Con reveal, Star Trek: Picard showrunner Terry Matalas has been discussing and teasing the upcoming third and final season, which features the return of the main cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation. And since our last update, he has continued posting, including a little preview of some of the music, which will pay tribute to the work of late composer Jerry Goldsmith.
Goldsmith love in Picard season 3
Over the weekend Matalas shared a short video of music being recorded for Picard season three at the Warner Brothers Scoring Stage in Burbank, CA.
— Terry Matalas (@TerryMatalas) July 31, 2022
Matalas called out the “Goldsmith love” referring to how the music evokes “The Enterprise” theme from Jerry Goldsmith’s Oscar-nominated score for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Goldsmith himself would evoke this theme in the scores of future Star Trek films including the three TNG-era films he scored (First Contact, Insurrection, and Nemesis). Goldsmith is also known for the main theme for Star Trek: The Next Generation, which was taken from his main theme from Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The legendary composer has been credited in a number of Picard episodes that have used elements of his music, including his Emmy-winning theme from Star Trek: Voyager.
Earlier in July. Matalas revealed that season three of Picard will honor Goldsmith’s work “in a big way.” He also confirmed they will be paying homage to Goldsmith’s TNG theme.
— Terry Matalas (@TerryMatalas) July 22, 2022
Matalas’ tweet links to two new composers for Star Trek: Stephen Barton and Freddie Wiedman, who both now list Picard among their work. Barton is the main composer for season three. Matalas worked with Barton on his previous series 12 Monkees. He is also known for his work on a number of video games, including Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, for which he was nominated and won several awards. Frederik “Freddie” Wiedmann is providing some additional music for season three. Wiedmann’s credits go back over two decades, including live action and a lot of animated work, garnering him a number of Annie Awards nominations and an Emmy win.
Barton also shared an image from the season three recording, revealing they are using an 80-piece orchestra, which is on the larger side for a television show. He tagged both Matalas and Picard editor Drew Nichols who attended the scoring session.
— Stephen Barton (@ComposerBarton) July 28, 2022
Matalas did not mention Jeff Russo, who has composed the themes and music for both of the previous seasons of Picard. It is not known what role, if any, he will have in season three.