Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 ( (listen), 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 initial fanfare – titled "Sunrise" in the composer's program notes – became well-known after its use in Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Performances & Interviews


Upcoming BBC Events featuring Also sprach Zarathustra

Proms 2019: Prom 19: Strauss, Schumann & MacMillan
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/exv9hn
Royal Albert Hall
2019-08-02T23:52:29
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BBC Philharmonic 2019-20 Season: Strauss/Mozart/Wagner
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ex4mzc
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
2020-03-21T23:52:29
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