Holy cow, I wrote a book!
CBC Radio's Tom Allen
investigates the origin of the opening four
notes of the classic Star Trek theme.
He traces it to the opening of Mahler's First Symphony,
then further back to Brahms's Second Symphony
and Beethoven's Fourth Symphony.
In college, one of my classmates
now the conductor of an orchestra)
identified the source of
the trumpet fanfare in the Star Trek theme,
also known as
notes five through seven:
Mahler's Seventh Symphony.
Skip to timecode 11:05.
Eventually, we may find out where notes eight through twelve came from.
If the trend keeps up,
we may discover that it came from yet another Mahler symphony.