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Published on Aug 18, 2006
Part 2 examines the long professional relationship between Alexander Courage and John Williams from early collaborations like Funny Face to the great John Williams scores of later years. Courage provided orchestrations for Williams in such popular movies as Fiddler on the Roof, Empite of the Sun, Jurrasic Park, Star Wars; Return of the Jedi, Home Alone, Indiana Jones 2 and 3 and The Poseidon Adventure. Later he provided Williams with arrangements for the Boston Pops - including a Fantasia for violinist Joshua Bell of the Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess.
Best known as the composer of the Theme from Star Trek, Alexander Courage worked for over 5 decades in Hollywood as a composer, orchestrator, arranger and conductor for classic films from Some Like it Hot through The Mummy. He helped create the classic sound of the MGM Musical and contributed to the very best of the genre. The Malibu Celebration of Film awarded him their first annual award, named in his honor in 2005. John Williams hosts this tribute documentary which I had the great pleasure to put together... I hope you like it.