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I hope you can identify the music in the Youtube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAQctu9X1Iw&feature=plcp) at 5:09 and 8:10 minutes.  It was originally broadcast in 1986 on a documentary about Voyager 2's flyby of the planet Uranus but I was never able to identify the piece or the composer.  The second clip is longer and less interrupted by the narrator near its end.  I received an opinion from expert Marbeth at the following link:  http://www.allexperts.com/user.cgi?m=6&catID=2272&expID=72703&qID=5044028.

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Hello Victor,
I don't recognize the music and I agree with everything Marbeth has said about it.
I searched the internet for quite a while and I couldn't find much about this particular episode.  I was thinking it could be an original composition written especially for the documentary by a relatively unknown composer, however it's probably a work written for the concert hall that a music editor clipped into the documentary, which is most commonly done.
I tried to find the music editor and producer of that particular tv episode, but to no avail.
I did find information for other space shows on NOVA.  I tried to find complete video of it hoping there would be credits and a name of an editor you could email and ask what in the world this piece is.  That person may be dead now, too.  I'm at a loss.  If a library had a tape of the thing somewhere where you could call the librarian and ask her to look at the credits.  At this point it might be a little too much work for you.
Sorry I couldn't help. I search randomly in 19th and 20th century music from time to time and I'll let you know if I come across it.
Good luck!

Sincerely,
R

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I can answer most questions about music and composers compositional styles of the Romantic Style Period and 20th Century style period. I try to keep up with current composers of "classical" music. In these periods I know more about the orchestral aspect. I know a fair amount of keyboard music and other chamber music. I am coming from a low brass perspective as the trombone is my main instrument.

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I have history classes in college under my belt, however I believe in lifelong learning so most of my knowledge comes from reading and listening to music for the last 20 years after graduation. I found I didn't really know a subject very well until you try to teach it. I have taught students in schools and at home in lessons about all aspects of music.

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