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Everyone’s heard the beginning to this piece and despite it being overplayed at every possible point in media; it’s still wonderful and amazing. However, there’s this whole other bit it to thereafter that is astoundingly beautiful and engaging. I’d recommend giving it a listen. Moreover, the blogger’s thoughts and insight on the piece is worth a read, as I found it quite thought-provoking.

Kurt Nemes' Classical Music Almanac

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I have already written about some of the music in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, a Space Odyssey, of which Mad Magazine did a wonderful parody, by the way, called 201 Minutes of a Space Idiocy.  Kubrick used the opening of this piece by Strauss at the beginning of his film, I believe, when he recreates the sun, as it might be seen viewed from space, rising over the Earth or perhaps Jupiter. Not a bad choice, really, although, since then it has been used so many times to connote something majestic, that it now seems a bit hackneyed.

Too bad, really, because the start of Thus Spake Zarathustra, the statement of the theme that recurs in different places later, does convey a sense of greatness, wonder and awe. It begins with a low rumble, which I think must come from an…

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