Theme from Also Sprach Zarathustra “Sunrise” (Strauss)

Dramatic and astronomical, the opening to this tone poem has been used for dramatic entrances for over 100 years, and is most famous for its use in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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For all those epic moments, you’ll find that this arrangement of Sunrise from Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra is as bold as you remember from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Intermediate level students (some motivated early intermediates with octave handspans can probably handle this too) will get to practice fast left hand leaps from bass notes to mid-range chords. It’s an absolute winner for recitals.

Key: C major

Mood: brooding, forceful, intense

Pedagogy: left hand grace note leaps, pedal, rubato, tremolo, dynamic contrasts


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