Title: Also sprach Zarathustra
Era: Modern Classical
Also sprach Zarathustra is a tone poem by Richard Strauss, inspired by Driedrich Nietzsche’s novel Thus Spoke Zarathusra. Strauss conducted the first performance of the piece in Frankfurt on 27 November 1896. The initial fanfare became better known as the theme of the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Composer: Richard Strauss
Born: 11 June 1864, Munich, Germany
Died: 8 September 1949, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Richard Georg Strauss was a composer, conductor, violinist, and pianist. A leading composer of the late Romantic and early Modern eras he is regarded as a successor of Richard Wagner and Franz Liszt. Along with composers such as Gustav Mahler, Strauss represents the late emergence of German Romanticism after Wagner, with pioneering orchestration combined with advanced harmonic styles.