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The Music of Cosmos is the soundtrack to Cosmos A Personal Voyage, the first series of Cosmos. It was released by RCA Records in 1981, shortly after the series aired.


Side A

  • I Space / Time Continuum
    1. "Movement 3" (from "Symphony to the Powers B" from the album Heaven and Hell) – Vangelis
    2. "Symphony No.11 In G Minor ('The Year 1905'), Op.103: The Palace Square (Adagio)" – Dmitri Shostakovich (performed by Leopold Stokowski and the Houston Symphony)
    3. "Alpha" – Vangelis
  • II Life
    1. "(Depicting) Cranes in Their Nest" – Goro Yamaguchi
    2. "Pachelbel's Canon" – Johann Pachelbel (performed by James Galway)
    3. "The Four Seasons: Spring" – Antonio Vivaldi
    4. "The Sea Named 'Solaris' (BWV 639)" – Johann Sebastian Bach (performed by Isao Tomita)
  • III The Harmony of Nature
    1. "Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E, BWV 1006" – Johann Sebastian Bach (performed by Arthur Grumiaux)

Side B

  • IV Exploration
    1. "'Vishnu Symphony No. 19, Op. 217" – Alan Hovhaness
    2. "Legacy" – Larry Fast
    3. "Russian Easter Festival Overture" – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (performed by Seattle Symphony)
    4. "Inside the Heart of the Universe" – Toru Takemitsu
  • V Cataclism
    1. "Fly...Night Bird" – Roy Buchanan
    2. "Beaubourg, Part 2" – Vangelis
    3. "The Rite of Spring" – Igor Stravinsky (performed by Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra)
  • VI Affirmation
    1. "Entends-Tu Les Chiens Aboyer?" – Vangelis
    2. "Izlel ye Delyo Haydutin" – Traditional (performed by Valya Balkanska)
    3. "Heaven & Hell, Part I" – Vangelis


CD Reissue

In 1994, RCA Records reissued the original soundtrack compilation on compact disc, and in 2002, reissued it on its Collectables label.