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There have been 6 different releases of Cosmos, that I know of, so far.

The first version was the original P.B.S. series, which had 13 episodes each of which was 60 minutes long. The second came about when it was sold to other broadcasters and the episode lengths had to be reduced to about 48 – 50 minutes, possibly to accommodate commercials. The third version was released in 1985 on video in which some of the original music was changed and additional footage added. The fourth version was a special edition of Cosmos to coincide with the passing of Halley’s Comet in 1986. Specially commissioned music by Vangelis, known as “Comet”, was used instead of some of the favourite originals including the theme music and updates on scientific facts. The fifth version was essentially the same as the third, with some additions due to the fact that the series was bought by the Turner group in 1989. The sixth version is the DVD edition which is virtually a culmination of all that came before it. Rights to much of the original music could not be obtained so alternatives were used. More footage has been added and a special edition soundtrack CD released. One of the advantages of the DVD is, for the lovers of its music, the addition of being able to listen to the soundtrack by itself, minus the talking, if you so desire. Some of the rarer pieces are obtainable from the DVD. Most people want to know what some of the newer pieces are, in particular, what I believe are, pieces by Vangelis created for Cosmos which has become known as “Comet” and dispersed throughout the episodes.

Below is a listing of the complete music used on the first original P.B.S. series of "Cosmos". I’d like to stress that this is not in relation to the DVD (at the moment), although it may act as a guide, as in some areas the sequences are very similar. I’ve tried to incorporate the music in its original order, or what I believe it to be as no-one else seems to recall the original sequence (which seems a shame). There are also pieces in the series, that I've included, which are not on the original cue sheets. From the moment I saw the very first episode in 1981 I was captivated, not only by the incredible stories and images, but as a composer and musician myself, by the amazing diversity of music used for the soundtrack. As soon as it was released on record I purchased it. I enjoyed hearing the music that had become so familiar to me, but it wasn't enough. I felt that it lacked some of the most definitive pieces. I was eager to find out what other music had been included, so I decided to go through the series and catalogue each piece no matter how small. Although I knew some of the pieces, there was great deal that was entirely unknown to me.

At that time, of course, there was no Internet to search. I couldn’t go onto websites and listen to samples of music. I had to research many different books and guides, listen to countless radio programmes and hundreds of recordings. Since 1981 I’ve made some exciting discoveries and turned up a lot of dead ends. By 1999 I'd compiled about 80% of all the music used in Cosmos. It was then I was able to get onto the Internet and with a little searching found that someone had uploaded the original cue sheets for the series. Finally, these cue sheets allowed me to confirm my finds and gave me the names of the remaining pieces. The only trouble remaining was that the order on the cue sheets was not the same as they appear in the series. Now I've compiled about 99% of all music used on the original series. There are only about half a dozen pieces I’m not sure about.

Most of the Recordings can be purchased from CD Universe or Amazon, but some of the more rare pieces may only be found at particular sites. GEMM is probably the best place to search for the hard to find recordings. If you are looking for the Cosmos series on video or DVD then go to Carl-Sagan.com. If you want the 1985/89 series and don't mind buying used videos or the rarer out of print recordings like "Murmurs of Earth", these can sometimes be obtained through online auction sites such as Ebay.

The episodes below are what I have compiled over the intervening years, giving the composer, song title and album info. There are some pieces I'm not sure about so they have been left blank. If anyone can assist or need my assistance please post a message on http://cosmic_voyager.tripod.com/CosmosMusicBlog or contact me at Cosmic Voyager. It will help not only myself but also many others who have a similar passion for this music. I'm constantly updating the list and will update the list when I can.

Enjoy!

 

Episode 1 - The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean

1. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

2. Bartok - The Miraculous Mandarin No 8

3. Vangelis - Creation Du Monde

4. Shostakovich - Symphony No. 11 (1st Movt)

5. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

6. Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 (1st Movt)

7. Le Orme - Notturno (From the album "Contrappunti")

8. Rimsky Korsakov - Tale of Tsar Sultan (2nd Movt)

9. Hovhaness - Symphony No. 4 (1st & 3rd Movt)

10. Hovhaness - Spirit of Ink (No 6)

11. Hovhaness - Symphony No 19

12. Rimsky Korsakov - Russian Easter Festival Overture

13. Livingston - Imagination performed by Bix Bieberbeck

14. Heldon - Perspective I

15. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

 

Episode 2 - One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue

1. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

2. Vangelis - Entende tu les chiens aboyer (1st Movt)

3. Trad. Japanese - Depicting Cranes in their Nest - Available on Cosmos DVD

4. Unknown piece, Drum and Drone sound, mixed in with the previous piece. Available on Cosmos DVD

5. Trad. Japanese - Depicting Cranes in their Nest - Available on Cosmos DVD

6. Unknown piece, Drum and Drone sound, mixed in with the previous piece. Available on Cosmos DVD

7. Trad. Japanese - Depicting Cranes in their Nest - Available on Cosmos DVD

8. Telemann - Duo Sonata Op 2 No 4 in E minor (Affetuoso)

9. Pepusch - Trio Sonata in G 3rd Movt - Adagio

10. Heldon - Perspective I

11. Vangelis - Himilayas

12. Vangelis - Alpha

13. Fuhrs & Frohling - Every Land Tells A Story - From "Ammerland"

14. Vangelis - Entende tu les chiens aboyer (1st Movt)

15. Teddy Lasry - Nebula from "E=MC2"

16. Vangelis - Entende tu les chiens aboyer (1st Movt)

17. Bach - Partita No 3

18. Vivaldi - Spring (3rd Movt)

19. Vivaldi - Mandolin Concerto

20. J.L. Krebs - Suite (Sonata) in G (1762) - Polonaise

21. Vangelis - Himilayas

22. Pachelbel - Canon

23. Vangelis - Himilayas

24. Reich - Music for 18 Instruments

25. Pachelbel - Canon

26. Mahler - Symphony No 2 (5th & 4th Movt)

27. Rimsky Korsakov - Symphony No 2 Antar (1st Movt)

28. Mahler - Symphony No 2 (4th Movt)

29. Fuhrs & Frohling - Every Land Tells A Story - From "Ammerland"

30. Vangelis - Alpha

31. Vangelis - Entende tu les chiens aboyer (1st Movt)

 

Episode 3 - Harmony of the Worlds

1. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

2. Janacek - Sinfonietta (1st & 2nd Movt)

3. Hair - Aquarius

4. Supersister - Dreaming Wheel While

5. Eno - M386 - From Music for Films

6. Numan - I Nearly Married a Human

7. Bryars - The Sinking of the Titanic

8. Scriabin - Poem of Ecstasy

9. Tomita - The Unanswered Question

10. Orff - Carmina Burana

11. Tomita - The Sea Named Solaris

12. Trad. Navajo - Night Chant - From "Murmurs of Earth"

13. Tomita - The Sea Named Solaris

14. Synergy - Icarus

15. Holst - Neptune

16. Shostakovich - Symphony No. 11 (1st Movt)

17. Shostakovich - Symphony No. 11 (1st Movt)

18. Crumb - Black Angels

19. Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 (3rd Movt)

20. Janacek - Sinfonietta (3rd Movt)

21. Croft - Trumpet Tune

22. Crumb - Black Angels

23. Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 (3rd Movt)

24. Shostakovich - Symphony No. 11 (1st Movt)

25. Nielsen - Symphony No 5 (1st Movt)

26. Shostakovich - Symphony No. 11 (1st Movt)

27. Wagner - Lohengrin - Prelude Act I

28. Synergy - Icarus

29. Lully - March Of The King's Musketeers & March Of The Grey Musketeers

30. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part II No 5

31. Terry Riley - Persian Surgery Dervishes

32. Froese - Drunken Mozart in the Desert

33. Purcell - Funeral Music for Queen Mary

34. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

35. Crumb - Black Angels

36. Shostakovich - Symphony No. 11 (1st Movt)

37. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

 

Episode 4 - Heaven and Hell

1. Brahms - Violin Concerto (2nd Movt)

2. Trad - Georgian Chorus from "Murmurs of Earth"

3. Hovhaness - Symphony No 19

4. Bryars - The Sinking Of The Titanic

5. Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring (Part II & I)

6. Bryars - The Sinking Of The Titanic

7. Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring (Part II & I)

8. Orff - Carmina Burana

9. Froese - Dali-esque Sleep Fuse

10. Bryars - The Sinking Of The Titanic

11. Heldon - Perspective I

12. Qui Hanc - Gregorian Chant - Oratio: Deus

12. Hovhaness - Symphony No. 4 (2nd Movt)

13. Vangelis - Entende tu les chiens aboyer (2nd Movt)

14. Gerhard - The Plague (Decca/Head Records, London)

15. Vangelis - Entende tu les chiens aboyer (2nd Movt)

16. Hovhaness - Symphony No. 4 (2nd Movt)

17. Nielsen - Symphony No 5 (1st Movt)

18. Hovhaness - Symphony No. 4 (1st Movt)

19. Gerhard - The Plague (Decca/Head Records, London)

20. Nielsen - Symphony No 5 (1st Movt)

21. Eno - Music For Airports No 4

22. Vincenzo Galilei - Amor e Gratioso (Fantasia)

23. Holst - Venus

24. Vangelis - Himilayas

25. Brahms - Violin Concerto (2nd Movt)

26. Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring (Part II & I)

27. Bryars - The Sinking Of The Titanic

28. Liszt - Tortentanz

29. Vangelis - Entende tu les chiens aboyer (2nd Movt)

30. Vangelis - Himilayas

Not sure where the following is supposed to be

31. Philip Bliss - Hold The Fort from "Yankee Transcendoodle"

 

Episode 5 - Blues for a Red Planet

1. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

2. Buchanan - Fly Night Bird

3. Holst - Mars

4. Mahler - Symphony No 1 (3rd Movt)

5. Holst - Mars

6. Strauss - Blue Danube (for Marching Band)

7. Holst - Mars

8. Holst - Neptune

9. Holst - Mars

10. Wagner - Siegfried's Funeral March

11. Khatchaturian - Act I, No. 3 from Spartacus

12. Samuel Ward - America The Beautiful from "Yankee Transcendoodle"

13. Vivaldi - Concerto for Piccolo

14. Rodgers - Theme of the Fast Carriers

15. Vivaldi - Concerto for Piccolo

16. Reich - Music for 18 Instruments

17. Vangelis - Entende tu les chiens aboyer

18. Tomita - Mars

19. Holst - Mars

20. Vaughan Williams - Symphony No 7 (2nd Movt)

21. Stravinsky - Firebird - Finale

22. Reich - Music for 18 Instruments

23. Heldon - Perspective II

24. Froese - Tropic of Capricorn

25. Froese - Epsilon In Malaysian Pale

26. Hovhaness - Symphony No 19

27. Unknown progressive jazz piece

28. Hovhaness - Symphony No 19

29. Hovhaness - Symphony No. 4 (1st Movt)

30. Vaughan Williams - Symphony No 7 (2nd Movt)

31. Vaughan Williams - Symphony No 7 (3rd Movt)

32. Buchanan - The Opening ... Miles from Earth

33. Buchanan - Fly Night Bird

 

Episode 6 - Travelers Tales

1. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

2. Heldon - Perspective I

3. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 2

4. Heldon - Perspective I

5. Rimsky-Korsakov - Tale of Tsar Sultan (2nd Movt)

6. Hovhaness - Symphony No 19

7. Weber - Hungarian Rondo

8. Rimsky-Korsakov - Russian Easter Festival Overture

9. Jacob Van Eyck - Doen Daphne d'over schoone Maeght

10. Unknown piece for Harpsichord

11. Heldon - Perspective I

12. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part II No 5

13. Reich - Music for 18 Instruments

14. Unknown piece for Harpsichord

15. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part II No 5

16. Rimsky-Korsakov - Tale of Tsar Sultan (2nd Movt)

17. Shostakovich - Symphony No. 11 (1st Movt)

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19. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

20. Weber - Hungarian Rondo

21. Fasch - Concerto In D For Trumpet & 2 Oboes

22. Trad Chinese - Flowing Streams

23. Hovhaness - Symphony No 19

24. Heldon - Perspective I

25. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

26. Hovhaness - Symphony No 19

27. Shostakovich - Symphony No. 11 (1st Movt)

28. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

Not sure where the following are supposed to be

29. Vincenzo Galilei - Fantasia/Contrapunto II from "Amor e Gratioso"

30. Javanese Court Gamelan - Kinds Of Flowers from "Murmurs of Earth"

31. Weber - Bassoon Concerto

32. Trad - Georgian Chorus from "Murmurs of Earth"

33. Peruvian - Panpipes And Drum from "Murmurs of Earth"

 

Episode 7 - The Backbone of Night

1. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

2. Vangelis - Creation Du Monde

3. Louis Armstrong & his Hot 7 - Melancholy Blues

4. Shostakovich - Symphony No. 11 (1st Movt)

5. Vangelis - Creation Du Monde

6. Hovhaness - Floating World (Kostelanetz, Columbia)

7. Melanesian - Pan Pipes from Cosmos DVD

8. Vangelis - Creation Du Monde

9. Hovhaness - Floating World (Kostelanetz, Columbia)

10. Panufnik - Sinfonia Sacra

11. Jan Garbarek - Viddene & Dis

12. Christodoulous Halaris - My Mountain

13. Panufnik - Sinfonia Sacra

14. Bach - Air on G (Flute)

15. Jan Garbarek - Dis

16. Greek Café Musik

17. Unknown Drums & Brass

17. Satie - Gymnopedie No 3

18. Eno - Events in Dense Fog

19. Panufnik - Sinfonia Sacra

19. Penderecki - De Natura Sonoris No 2

20. Eno - Events in Dense Fog

20. Greek Café Musik

21. Crumb - Black Angels

22. Satie - Gymnopedie No 1

23. Panufnik - Sinfonia Sacra

23. Unknown

24. Bach - Air on G (Flute)

25. Satie - Gymnopedie No 2

26. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

 

Episode 8 - Travels in Space and Time

1. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

2. John Allison - Orion (from Cosmos DVD)

3. Trad. - Bulgarian Shepherdess Song

4. Vangelis - Pulstar

5. Vangelis - Summit

6. John Allison - Orion (from Cosmos DVD)

7. Heldon - Perspective I

8. Vivaldi - Spring (1st Movt)

9. Vivaldi - Spring (2nd Movt)

10. Vivaldi - Winter (2nd Movt)

11. Vivaldi - Winter (1st Movt)

12. Crack of the Whip - Sonic Boom

13a. Vivaldi - Spring (3rd Movt)

13b. Le Orme - Sera

14. Vivaldi - Mandolin Concerto (2nd Movt)

15a. Vivaldi - Concerto for 2 Mandolins (1st Movt)

15b. Vivaldi - Mandolin Concerto (2nd Movt)

16. Vincenzo Galilei - Contrapunto

17. Shostakovich - Symphony No. 11 (1st Movt)

18. Boccherini - Night Music Of Madrid (Quinteto)

19. Haydn - String Quartet In E, Hob III:8

20. Unknown - Drone sound. Available on Cosmos DVD

21. Halaris - My Mountain from "Tropic Of Virgin"

22. Halaris - My Mountain from "Tropic Of Virgin"

23. Vangelis - Pulstar

24. Vangelis - Himilayas

25. Vangelis - Pulstar

26. Vangelis - Main Sequence

27. Vangelis - Alpha

28. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

 

Episode 9 - The Lives of the Stars

1. Vaughan Williams - Job

2. M. Haydn - Trumpet Concerto In D

3. Telemann - Duo Sonata Op 2 No 4 in E minor (Affetuoso)

3. Vangelis - Alpha

4. Haydn - Trumpet Concerto In E Flat

5. Vangelis - Alpha

6. M. Haydn - Trumpet Concerto In D

7. Reich - Music for 18 Instruments

8. Terry Riley - Persian Surgery Dervishes (Part 1)

9. Heldon - Perspective I

10. Vangelis - Alpha

11. Jarre - Equinoxe No 1

12. Paul Horn - Paul Horn In India

13. Synergy - Legacy

14. Vangelis - Alpha

15. Vaughan Williams - Job

16. Froese - Maroubra Bay from Epsilon in Malaysia Pale

17. Henri Pousseur - New Electronic Music For Leaders Of Avant-Garde

18a. Takemitsu - Inside the Heart of the Universe

18b. Henri Pousseur - New Electronic Music For Leaders Of Avant-Garde

19. Synergy - Delta 4

20. Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring (Part 1)

21. Vangelis - Spiral

22. Pink Floyd - One of these days

23. Pulsar - Misty Garden of Passion

24. Trad Sioux - A Cry From The Earth

25. Synergy - Delta 2 & 4

26. Jarre - Equinoxe No 1

27. Britten - Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge

28. Schulze - Bayreuth Return

29. Jarre - Equinoxe No 3

30. Jarre - Equinoxe No 4

31. Synergy - Legacy

32. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

 

Episode 10 - The Edge of Forever

1. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

2. Crumb - Black Angels

3. Vangelis - Summit

4.Vangelis - Creation Du Monde

5. Blind Willie Johnson - Dark was the Night

6. Hoagy Carmichael - Stardust performed by Django Reinhardt

7. Jack Teagarden - Sweetest Melody

8. Livingston - Imagination performed by Bix Bieberbeck

9. Hoagy Carmichael - Stardust performed by Django Reinhardt

10. Walton - Popular Song

11. Stravinsky - Petroushka

12. Froese - Metropolis

13. Jarre - Equinoxe No 4

14. Vangelis - Creation Du Monde

15. Paul Horn - Raga Desh

16. Trad. Indian - Ragam-Tanam-Pallavi

17. Trad Indian - Emi Jesite Classical Indian Music

18. Paul Horn - Raga Vibhas

19. Paul Horn - Raga Bihag

20. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

21. Schoenberg - Transfigured Night

22. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

 

Episode 11 - The Persistence of Memory

1. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

2. Bach - Partita No 3

3. Froese - Maroubra Bay

4a. Karlheinz Stockhausen - Hymnen, Region II

4b. Northern Whales - Arctic beluga whales

4c. Takemitsu - Inside the Heart of the Universe

5. Tomita - Space Fantasy

6. Trad Japanese - Chisana Haru

7. Tangerine Dream - Rubycon Part I

8. Crumb - Voice Of The Whale

9. Whales - Songs of the Humpback Whale

10. Tomita - Space Fantasy

11. Liszt - Tortentanz

12. Whales - Songs of the Humpback Whale

13. Crumb - Voice Of The Whale

14. Rimsky-Korsakov - Tale of Tsar Sultan (2nd Movt)

15. Vangelis - Himilayas

16. Pachelbel - Canon (Brass)

17. Vangelis - Himilayas

18. Hovhaness - Symphony No. 4 (1st Movt)

19. Vangelis - Beaubourg

20. Pachelbel - Canon

21. Unknown

22. Reich - Music for 18 Instruments

23. Vangelis - Himilayas

24. Reich - Music for 18 Instruments

25. Pachelbel - Canon

26. Vangelis - Himilayas

27. Vangelis - Beaubourg

28. Vangelis - Himilayas

29. Russo - 3 Pieces for Blues Band & Orchestra (1st Movt) (Ozawa/San Francisco SO)

30. Joplin - The Entertainer

31. Hovhaness - Symphony No. 4 (1st Movt)

32. Beethoven - Quartet No. 13 (Cavatina) from "Murmurs of Earth"

33. Panufnik - Sinfonia Sacra

34. Javanese Court Gamelan - Kinds of Flowers from "Murmurs of Earth"

35. Trad Chinese - Flowing Streams from "Murmurs of Earth"

36. Beethoven - Quartet No. 13 (Cavatina) from "Murmurs of Earth"

37. Bach - Prelude (Book 1 No 1) from "Murmurs of Earth"

38. Russo - 3 Pieces for Blues Band & Orchestra (2nd Movt) (Ozawa/San Francisco SO)

39. Heldon - Perspective I

40. Rimsky-Korsakov - Tale of Tsar Sultan (2nd Movt)

41. Bach - Partita No 3

42. Trad. - Bulgarian Shepherdess Song

Not sure where the following is supposed to be

43. Hovhaness - Spirit of Ink

 

Episode 12 - Encyclopaedia Galactica

1. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

2. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part II No 1

3. Bartok - Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta

4. Eno - M386

5. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part II No 1

6. Weber - Bassoon Concerto

7. Wagner - Das Rheingold

8. Vangelis - Beaubourg

9. Hovhaness - Symphony No 19

10. Wagner - Das Rheingold

11. Hovhaness - Symphony No 19

12. Lalo - Overture To "Le Roi D'ys"

13. Shostakovich - Symphony No. 11 (3rd Movt)

14. Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 (3rd Movt)

15. Vangelis - Creation Du Monde

16. Wagner - Das Rheingold

17. Vangelis - Beaubourg

18. Vangelis - Alpha

19. Vangelis - Beaubourg

20. Heldon - Perspective I

21. Shostakovich - Symphony No. 11 (1st Movt)

22. Vangelis - Beaubourg

23. Vangelis - Entende tu les chiens aboyer (1st Movt)

24. Unknown

25. Buchanan - The Opening ... Miles from Earth

26. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

Not sure where the following are supposed to be

27. Husa - Music For Prague, 1968

28. Messiaen - Et Exspecto Resurrection Mortuorum

29. Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2

30. Stockhausen – Hymnen

 

Episode 13 - Who Speaks for Earth

1. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

2. Vangelis - Beaubourg

3. Hovhaness - Symphony No 19

4. Unknown

5. Hovhaness - Symphony No 19

6. Tomita - The Engulfed Cathedral

7. Miles Davis - Saeta

8. Alberto Ginastera - Cantata Para America Magica (L.A. Percussion Ensemble)

9. Vangelis - Entende tu les chiens aboyer (1st Movt)

10. Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 (1st Movt)

11. Heldon - Perspective I

12. Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 (3rd Movt)

13. Heldon - Perspective I

14. Albinoni - Adagio for Organ & Strings

15. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part II No 4

16. Hovhaness - Symphony No. 4 (1st & 3rd Movt)

17. Hovhaness - Symphony No 19

18. Albinoni - Adagio for Organ & Strings

19. Vangelis - Alpha

20. Tomita - The Sea Named Solaris

21. Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 (1st Movt)

22. Heldon - Perspective I

23. Trad Japanese - Depicting Cranes in their Nest

24. Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 (3rd Movt)

25. Tomita - The Sea Named Solaris

26. Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 (4th Movt)

27. Vangelis - Heaven & Hell Part I No 3

Not sure where the following are supposed to be

28. Philip Bliss - Hold The Fort  

29. Trad. Indian - Classical Indian Music