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Also Sprach Zarathustra: Introduction

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Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss (trans. R Mark Rogers)

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Subtitle: Introduction

The underlying work bears the designation Opus 3.

General Info

Year: 1896 / 1999
Duration: c. 1:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Keiser Southern Music, through Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.50


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Program Notes

Strauss took the title Also Sprach Zarathustra from the highly controversial book of the same name by Friedrich Nietzsche for this forward-looking tone poem. This piece, although written in a passionately Romantic vein, is one of Strauss's most cerebral scores and has long been a favorite of conductors and other composers. It was famously used in the Stanley Kubrick feature film entitles 2001: A Space Odyssey, and is so synonymous with that movie that is has become known as the Fanfare from 2001. Strauss explores the contrast between the tonalities of C and B.

- Program Note from publisher

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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