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Introduction to "Also Sprach Zarathustra"

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Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss (trans. Peter Schmalz)

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The underlying work bears the designation Opus 3.

General Info

Year: 1896 / 1986
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Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Phoebus
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $10.00


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Program Notes

Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 ("Thus Spoke Zarathustra" or "Thus Spake Zarathustra") is a tone poem by Richard Strauss, composed in 1896 and inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophical novel of the same name. The composer conducted its first performance on 27 November 1896 in Frankfurt. A typical performance lasts half an hour.

The work has been part of the classical repertoire since its first performance in 1896. The initial fanfare – titled "Sunrise" in the composer's program notes – became particularly well known after its use in Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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  • Colorado Wind Ensemble (Denver) (David Kish, conductor) - 11 February 2023

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