Not only is the second Trek movie regarded as the best Trek movie, it’s soundtrack, composed by James Horner is most probably the best film score ever recorded in motion picture history.
It has it all, suspense, action, feeling, emotion, and above else, thought…it’s one of the few soundtracks where you can picture in your mind at exactly what scene in the movie you should be watching.
It took Horner just over 4 weeks to write and was recorded at the Warner Bros lot at the Burbank Studio. The recording took place on April 12th-15th using a 91 piece orchestra.
Harve Bennett and Nick Meyer wanted the music for the film to go in a different direction than that of the first movie, but had not decided on a composer by the time filming began. Horner was chosen to provide a more modern sound than that which composers such as Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams were doing.
Horner was expressly told to not use any of Goldsmith’s score. Instead Horner adapted the opening fanfare of Alexander Courage’s Star Trek television theme. “The fanfare draws you in immediately — you know you’re going to get a good movie,” Horner said.
A good movie – somewhat of an understatement there!