Theme from 2001:A Space Odyssey-Big Band Arrangement
About Theme from 2001 Big Band Arrangement
The main theme of this work was made famous via Stanley Kubrik’s immortal sci-fi adventure film, “2001: A Space Odyssey”.
Composed for symphonic orchestra by Richard Strauss, the work was originally titled as “Also Sprach Zarathustra”
The famous theme is played in a very similar manner to Strauss’s original opening with all of the bold and brassy bravura of the original.
Following this is a funk-styled rhythm section vamp with a guitar solo.
The trumpets and trombones then state the iconic first theme with syncopated backing from the saxes.
A tenor sax and guitar improvised solo section follows this punctuated by the brass and saxes.
The main theme returns and following a short dramatic coda section the arrangement ends.
Ranges and Technical Aspects
Technical and Ranges:
Trumpet 1: D above stave (only a few times)
Trombone 1: Bb above stave (only once).
4th Trom: Bass Trombone. The part has been converted for tenor trombone.
Moderate technical and rhythmic difficulty with occasional semi-quaver lines.
Soloists: Written: Tenor 1 and Guitar.
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(Wiki: Also Sprach Zarathustra)