What can take you from 19th-century Austria to the set of Star Trek in 10 seconds? Music can. 

Join Tom Allen and the Gryphon Trio for a stroll through the labyrinthine halls of Paul Hahn's piano studio in Toronto, as we use one long shot, a few shiny hints and a very sneaky piano player to take you from Beethoven's Vienna to the Starship Enterprise with nothing more than one little melody and some cheap costumes.

Watch the video above to trace the surprising musicial origins of the Star Trek theme.


Listen to CBC Music’s Essential Classics stream.

posted by Jeff Reilly on Jan 09, 2014