Also sprach Zarathustra (Brass Quintet)


  • Composer: Strauss
  • Difficulty: 3
  • Instrumentation: Brass Quintet
SKU: BWBE089 Category:


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.


  • 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

Difficulty 3

(Medium) Fourth year players, or junior high-level students may require these arrangements to be properly challenged. These generally have free use of syncopation as well as section and solo scoring. Cues and cross cues will also be used less.

Additional information

Weight 14 oz




Brass Quintet