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Also Sprach Zarathustra

by

Richard Strauss



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Strauss was a German composer who wrote what he called "Tone Poems," which were classical pieces in one movement inspired by some kind of literary or visual art. This was inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche's book of the same name.
This is famous for its use in the 1968 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. It was used 3 times in the movie, including the opening sequence, which is considered one of the most famous pieces of film history. Strauss' movement is about 40 minutes long; the portion used in the movie was the beginning of the piece, which is known as "Sunrise" or "Dawn."
After this was used in the movie, it became popular as entrance music for sporting events and other dramatic events. The BBC used it in their coverage of the Apollo Moon landings.
Eumir Deodato recorded A modern, Jazzy rendition which won him a Grammy in 1973. Deodato, from Brazil, has worked on over 450 albums during his career as producer, arranger and keyboardist. Among the stable of artists he has worked with are Earth Wind & Fire, Roberta Flack, Kool & the Gang and Chuck Mangione. (thanks, Charles - Charlotte, NC)
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Comments (6):

On December 28th, 1970, the theme for the film "2001 - A Space Odyssey (From also Sprach Zarathustra)" by the Berlin Philharmonic entered the Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart for a four week stay, peaking at #90...
Three years later on February 28th, 1973 Deodato's covered version entered the Top 100; and on March 25th, 1973 it peaked at #2 (for 1 week) and spent 12 weeks on the Top 100...
The week it was at #2, "Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Roberta Flack was in its 5th and last week at #1.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
Played in the mighty key of C major.
- Jim, West Palm Beach, FL
Pro wrestler Ric Flair used this as his entrance theme.
- Joe, Saint Louis, MO
One of the greatest pieces of music ever composed.
- MusicMama, New York, NY
Phish played this live at many of their shows from 1985 - 2004.
- Joel, Montreal, Canada
Let's not forget how ELVIS used the original Strauss version of 2001: Also Sprach Zarathustra, every time he took the stage at his concerts!!
- Dave, Oak Park, MI
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