a look at the music of Vangelis Papathanassiou
The liner notes of "The music of Cosmos" - Collector's Edition explain:
"The musical content of COSMOS seemed to create a message of it's own - almost as though it were the collective intelligence of the universe pleasantly calling our attention to the lessons at hand. [this]... expresses, simply and eloquently, our intentions in selecting music for the thirteen hours of the COSMOS television series. As with the golden phonograph record placed on board the Voyager spacecraft, bearing a sampling of "Earth's Greatest Hits", we included a variety of musical traditions and genres. Many hours were spent exploring the music of unfamiliar composers and performers, and considering how old favorites would enhance the thoughtful words and rich visuals of the series. Finding the music for COSMOS was in itself a voyage of discovery. We hope you will share in that experience, enjoy the music of this album and then sample the original works from which these pieces were excerpted. It was always our intention in COSMOS that the images and the music would be as important as the words, and that the series would speak to that part of us in which the heart and mind are one"
(Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan and Steven Soter)
Several (but not all) of these pieces also made it onto the official "The Music of Cosmos" albums released.
Secondly, when Carl Sagan decided to re-create a new version of the original Cosmos series in 1986 on occasion of the Halley Comet returning to the Earth's vincinity, Vangelis was asked to provide a new score for this series. This new, six-episode version is commonly known as 'Cosmos, a special edition'. Vangelis' original score for the series appears in the Spheric-list titled "Comet"...
Unfortunately, only one of the original 21 cues of this score has been officially released. "Comet 16" forms the final track on the two disc Collector's Edition of "The music of Cosmos" album. Other cues include new versions of "Heaven and Hell" and "Alpha".
1994 RCA 07863 54003-2 USA