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Deodato – Also sprach Zarathustra



Eumir Deodato Almeida’s singular rendition of “Also sprach Zarathustra” won the 1973 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. It is arguably the world’s most renowned Latin jazz opus ever. The introductory movement of the original work, a tone poem by Richard Strauss (1896), served as the musical motif in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Deodato’s arrangement wondrously elaborates on the movie’s modernistic theme. Strauss, in turn, was inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s iconoclastic philosophical treatise of the same title (1883-85). Zarathustra, of course, refers to Zoroaster, the Persian prophet and religious poet of antiquity (traditionally, 6th century BC), on whom Nietzsche based the principal character of his book.

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  1. Proud to have Eumir Deodato, a brazilian composer and musician in this fantastic interpretation. The afro-brazilian percussion makes all the difference. A tropical Richard Strauss that the world loved. Greetings from Brasil!

  2. Fall,1972….Detroit Tigers lose to eventual World Champ Oakland A's in ALCS…9th grade football, smokin good weed….good times

  3. It is a wonderfull music. I still remember when I bought the record in 1973. I was crazy about that. It was crazy, out of this world. And still today it is.

  4. Deodato playing the
    Fender Rhodes HAL 9000 special

    Arthur C Clarke, Stanley Kubrick, Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood couldn’t be prouder.

  5. In a local disco in Cape Town, The Galaxy, In the late 70's and early 80's, this was used to open the dancing for the late night dances, it gave you goosebumps, everyone jumped up to start dancing. It used the opening, then the latest disco music faded in, it worked brilliantly.

  6. THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting this.  have not heard this tune since 1976 and never knew that it had won a Grammy. It had a lot of air time on WCFL and WLS back then.

  7. you know listening again the music almost sounds like the vamp or descriptive music when Harry Callahan is on screen. mostly after the intro and parts of the middle.

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