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Strauss : Also sprach Zarathustra - John Williamson

Strauss

Also sprach Zarathustra

Paperback Published: 31st May 1993
ISBN: 9780521409353
Number Of Pages: 140

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Richard Strauss's tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra is one of his most controversial works. Its greatest popularity has been achieved in recent years when its connection with Nietzsche's book of the same name has seemed less relevant than its associations with Kubrick's film 2001 - A Space Odyssey. Although its early critical reception was mixed, it is nowadays one of the staples of the virtuoso orchestra, and a standard demonstration piece for innovations in recording technique. Its opening bars have become a kind of icon independent of the rest of the work. This guide examines the intellectual background of the work and considers ways in which it has been received by composers and writers, notably Romain Rolland and Bartok. It also discusses the musical background of Liszt and Wagner which gave rise to the genre, 'tone poem', and provides an analysis of several aspects of Strauss's musical language.

æFreely after NietzscheÆ
The Straussian tone poem as drama
StraussÆs individualism
Composition and first performance
Reception
Narratives
Structures
Rhetoric
Afterword
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ISBN: 9780521409353
ISBN-10: 0521409357
Series: Cambridge Music Handbooks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 140
Published: 31st May 1993
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.49 x 13.84  x 0.91
Weight (kg): 0.18

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