Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra (Selections)

This list discusses the tone poem 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' by German composer Richard Strauss (1864-1949). Used in countless movies, TV shows and commercials, and even by Elvis Presley, the opening to 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' is one of the most iconic openings in classical music; up there with the openings to Beethoven's 'Symphony No. 5' and Copland's 'Fanfare for the Common Man', the first minute-and-a-half of the piece is instantly recognizable the world over. As a result, however, many listeners seldom venture onward to experience the rest of this powerful work. Composed in 1896, it's written in a popular style of the time: the tone poem. Tone poems are similar to movie soundtracks today in that the music was inspired by, or often set to, a particular non-musical source. In the case of 'Also Sprach Zarathustra', the music was inspired by a novel of the same name by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, which deals with a number of the author's favorite themes: self-mastery, eternal recurrence, god and man (or religion and science), and the death of certain values and the birth of newer ones. Strauss uses specific compositional tools to evoke some of these themes, particularly in regards to god (represented as the ethereal) and man (represented as beings of the natural world). The beginning of the piece is subtitled 'Sunrise' by the composer himself. Using the key of C Major (a key with no sharps or flats) to represent the ethereal, Strauss seeks to evoke a sense of wonderment at the majesty of the universe. As soon as that wonderment is over, however, the piece continues with an ever-present struggle between C Major and B Major, a key with 5 sharps that Strauss uses to represent man. The two keys are harmonically incompatible and, in a critical response to Nietzsche's novel, Strauss ends the piece with no resolution as to which of the two keys is dominant...as if to say, the question is unanswered.
NachtwanderliedAlso sprach Zarathustra
04:40
Das TanzliedAlso sprach Zarathustra
07:22
Der GenesendeAlso sprach Zarathustra
05:04
Von der WissenschaftAlso sprach Zarathustra
04:17
Von den Freuden und LeidenschaftAlso sprach Zarathustra
01:56
Von der HinterwelternAlso sprach Zarathustra
03:24
EinleitungAlso sprach Zarathustra
01:36
Das GrabliedAlso sprach Zarathustra
02:17
Von der großen SehnsuchtAlso sprach Zarathustra
01:46
Das Tanzlied - Das NachtliedAlso sprach Zarathustra
07:58
Der GenesendeAlso sprach Zarathustra
05:09
Das GrabliedAlso sprach Zarathustra
02:42
Prelude (Sonnenaufgang)Also sprach Zarathustra
01:50
Von der WissenschaftAlso sprach Zarathustra
04:31
Von den Freuden und LeidenschaftenAlso sprach Zarathustra
02:05
Von der großen SehnsuchtAlso sprach Zarathustra
02:07
Von den HinterweltlernAlso sprach Zarathustra
03:27
Das NachtwandlerliedAlso sprach Zarathustra
05:03
VI. Von der Wissenschaft / Of Science And LearningAlso sprach Zarathustra
03:59
I. Einleitung/IntroductionAlso sprach Zarathustra
01:31
IX. Nachtwandlerlied/Song Of The Night WandererAlso sprach Zarathustra
04:50
VIII. Das Tanzlied / The Dance-SongAlso sprach Zarathustra
07:35
VII. Der Genesended/The ConvalescentAlso sprach Zarathustra
05:02
V. Das Grablied / The Song Of The GraveAlso sprach Zarathustra
02:15
IV. Von den Freuden und Leidenschaften / Of Joys And PassionAlso sprach Zarathustra
01:50
III. Von der grossen Sehnsuc / Of The Great LongingAlso sprach Zarathustra
01:43
II. Von den Hinterweltlern/Of The BackworldsmenAlso sprach Zarathustra
03:11
IX. Nachtwanderlied (The Might Wanderer's Song)Also sprach Zarathustra
04:01
VIII. Das Tanzlied (The Dance-Song)Also sprach Zarathustra
07:44
VII. Der Genesende (The Convalescent)Also sprach Zarathustra
04:53
V. Das Grablied (The Song of the Grave)Also sprach Zarathustra
02:03
IV. Von den Freuden- und Leidenschaften (Of Joys and Passions)Also sprach Zarathustra
02:06
III. Von der großen Sehnsucht (Of the Great Longing)Also sprach Zarathustra
01:46
II. Von den Hinterweltlern (Of the Backworldsmen)Also sprach Zarathustra
03:34
I. Einleitung (Introduction)Also sprach Zarathustra
02:19
VI. Von der Wissenschaft (Of Science and Learning)Also sprach Zarathustra
04:15
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