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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. 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.

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