Strauss From Also sprach Zarathustra
Orchestral magnificence in Strauss’ renowned tone poem.
About the video
- Published online 29 August 2023.
- The video is approximately 5 minutes.
- A musical excerpt from the series Mankind and Music, episode 4.
The introduction to Richard Strauss’ monumental orchestral work Also Sprach Zarathustra is a highly famous piece of classical music, comparable only to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.
The music is based on German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s book Also Sprach Zarathustra – Thus Spoke Zarathustra – which is a dense and layered essay on philosophy, humanity and morals. Strauss’ music is used by conductor Stanley Kubrick in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, but in the 1970s it was also used to open many of Elvis Presley’s concerts.
This excerpt of music is from episode 4 of the series Mankind and Music. The five episodes are available to watch here on Konserthuset Play. Why does music exist? What happens to us when we make or listen to music? In this series, we explore answers to these questions together with musicians, listeners and researchers.
Richard Strauss Introduction and Von den Hinterweltlern from Also sprach Zarathustra op 30
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Tobias Ringborg conductor