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Composed 'Star Trek' theme

Alexander "Sandy" Courage, an Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated arranger, orchestrator and composer who created the otherworldly theme for the Star Trek TV show, died May 15 at the Sunrise assisted-living facility in Pacific Palisades, Calif., stepdaughter Renata Pompelli said. He had been in poor health for three years.

Over a decades-long career, Mr. Courage collaborated on dozens of movies and orchestrated some of the greatest musicals of the 1950s and 1960s, including My Fair Lady, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Gigi, Porgy and Bess, Fiddler on the Roof and Hello, Dolly!

His most famous work is the Star Trek theme, which he composed, arranged and conducted in a week in 1965.

Mr. Courage said the tune, with its ringing fanfare, eerie soprano part and swooping orchestration, was inspired by an arrangement of the song Beyond the Blue Horizon that he had heard as a youngster.

Mr. Courage was born Dec. 10, 1919, in Philadelphia and was raised in New Jersey. After graduating from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., in 1941, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps.

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