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July 26, 2005

Battlestar Galactica - music update

Ya gotta love the 'net and very special kudos to my readers. In my post here I wondered about the music, especially the piano solo in Starbuck's apartment. It was hauntingly familiar but ...

In my comments, m11355h, points to Sci-Fi Channel's own forum, where a poster, "The Digital Analyst" has found it! It's actually a piece by Philip Glass, Metamorphosis 1. Go here, look for the hyperlink, right click and "save target as" and you'll get the mp3 recording.

I've already downloaded and played it. A very evocative piece.

Now, if I can just figure out whether the music for Kobol's Last Gleaming...the swelling classical orchestration that accompanied Baltar and Six in the temple, is either an old piece or an original piece by McCreary or Gibbs.

UPDATE to the update: Well, doah. Paul points me to Amazon where the season one soundtrack is featured with samples. Tracks #24 & #27, by McCreary. Thanks Paul!

Posted by Darleen at July 26, 2005 12:01 AM


I think that the song is actually Metamorphosis Five, not Metamorphosis One. Splitting hairs? Maybe but if you listen to Metamorphosis One, the transitions are choppy when compared to the transitions in Metamorphosis Five. The smoother version (Metamorphosis Five) is what seems to have been used in Episode 2.02

Posted by: Greg at August 1, 2005 07:43 PM

I found your page through google. Thank you so much for the download of Metamorphosis--I really wanted to know what that piece was after hearing it on the show.

Posted by: FangAili at August 7, 2005 11:32 AM

Thank you - I love this piece.

Posted by: logovo at August 8, 2005 11:19 AM

Is this song (either version)being used on a GMC SUV commercial as well? I swear the chords are familar....

Posted by: alice at September 4, 2005 05:55 PM

I think it is Metaphorphosis Five. Softer

Can whoever posted Metaphorphosis One also post Metaphorphosis Five?

Posted by: Alice again at September 4, 2005 06:15 PM

It's definitely Met 1 in BSG. They both have the same forte he uses in Met 1 but not Met 5, which sounds quite a bit softer

Posted by: Jon at September 12, 2005 07:52 AM

Anyone know the score with the violin sounds, usually is in the beginning with baltar and six ??

Posted by: frank at September 16, 2005 06:49 AM