Yesterday I discussed the theme from Stargate Atlantis, and I mentioned something about Joel Goldsmith not being the one who composed the main title theme. Although that remains a fact, information regarding the title theme song is somewhat confusing and all over the place. But, I did my best, and to sum up as simply as possible, below is the final verdict.
The Stargate SG-1 theme song was arranged by Joel Goldsmith. It is a compilation of the various scores composer David Arnold did for the original Stargate movie. And, as for the end title theme, that is a definite Joel Goldsmith original. There.
David Arnold is an English composer who scored five James Bond films and Independence Day (film) among others.
An official soundtrack is definitely available. A search will lead you to various versions and releases, but those are essentially one and the same. The soundtrack includes the opening and closing themes—first and last songs respectively.
As with Atlantis, all opening title versions are available in YouTube. However, below, from season 9, is the only embeddable video (jerks). After follows the end credits theme taken from the soundtrack.
Too bad Stargate Universe did not work out as expected.
Alright, let’s start. Stargate Atlantis lasted five seasons from 2004 to 2009. Throughout its run, it had one distinct theme song and similar but often-altered video opening sequences.
The theme song was composed by Joel Goldsmith. Although he composed music for the original Stargate SG-1, he did not compose its main title theme—more on this when I decide to post on the SG-1 theme.
Stargate Atlantis has an official soundtrack and it has the theme where it is simply credited as “Main Title”. In the disc, it lasts 1:06; it features all-original scores from Mr. Goldsmith.
What else? The song was nominated in 2005 for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music. However, it lost to the theme from Desperate Housewives. Also, the following was mentioned in a supplementary book for the DVD (I think), but it’s not a direct quote from the composer: “Goldsmith went for a more pastoral, European and Americana approach, while keeping the adventurous, symphonic approach the producers wanted.”
The theme and intro is very abundant in YouTube so let’s not be stingy here and embed all the versions from seasons 1 through 5.
Oops, I realize some of them (plain links) are not embeddable.