Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 is a tone poem by Richard Strauss, composed in 1896 and inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophical 1883-1885 novel Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

The initial fanfare – titled 'Sunrise' in the composer's programme notes – became well known after its use in Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Here the fanfare has been arranged by Rob Bushnell for brass quintet.


The sheet music for this item is available from Solid Brass Music Company at


Difficulty Level: Medium



1st Cornet/Trumpet in Bb

2nd Cornet/Trumpet in Bb

Horn in Fb

Tenor Horn in Eb*

Trombone/Euphonium (B.C.)b

Trombone/Euphonium in Bb (T.C.)*

Tuba (B.C.)b

Eb Bass/Tuba (T.C.)*

Bb Bass/Tuba (T.C.)*

Timpani & Suspended Cymbal (Optional)

*Alternative parts

Also sprach Zarathustra (Brass Quintet) Richard Strauss arr. Rob Bushnell