Also Sprach Zarathustra (1896)
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Richard Strauss: 15 facts about the great composer
7. Also Sprach Zarathustra (1896)
Strauss's first piece to show his mature personality was the tone poem Don Juan, written in 1888. He went on to compose a series of increasingly ambitious tone poems including Also Sprach Zarathustra. Its sunrise theme became hugely popular after its use in the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.