Thus Spoke Zarathustra

The piece immortalised by Kubrick in 2001: A Space Odyssey

The second of Johannes Brahms’s two piano concertos is an excellent example of musical maturity and transcendental virtuosity, both required of a soloist. On this occasion, French pianist François-Frédéric Guy performs in the Liceu with a key piece in his artistic trajectory.

Furthermore, Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra inspired one of Richard Strauss’s most well-known symphonic poems, especially its opening fanfare, which has been used in audiovisual media after Stanley Kubrick borrowed it for his 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

June 2018

15Friday20:00Turn EFee 8

Approximate running time to be confirmed

Information of Interest


Johannes Brahms
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83

Richard Strauss
Also sprach Zarathustra, op. 30 (Thus Spoke Zarathustra)

Reasons why you need to see Thus Spoke Zarathustra

  • Richard Strauss’s original music which inspired the soundtrack of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • From the maturity of Brahms to the death of God proclaimed by Nietzsche and interpreted by Richard Strauss.