Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)

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"Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)"
Eumir Deodato 2001.jpg
Cover art of the Dutch vinyl single
Single by Deodato
from the album Prelude
B-side "Spirit of Summer"
Released 1973 [1][2]
Format 7"
Recorded September 12-14, 1972, Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Genre Jazz-funk
Length 9:00 (Album version)
5:06 (Single version)
Label CTI
Songwriter(s) Richard Strauss
Producer(s) Creed Taylor
Deodato singles chronology
"Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)"
"Rhapsody in Blue"

"Also sprach Zarathustra (2001)"
"Rhapsody in Blue"

"Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)" is an instrumental by Brazilian musician Eumir Deodato, from his 1973 album Prelude.[1][2] It is a heavily jazz-funk styled rendition of the introduction from the Richard Strauss composition Also sprach Zarathustra.

Released as the album's first single in early 1973, his rendition peaked at #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on 31 March 1973 (behind Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly") and #7 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] It won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.[1][2]

The track has appeared on many compilation and re-issue albums since 1973.[3]


Chart (1973) Peak
Canadian RPM 100 Singles Chart[4] 3
UK Singles Chart 7
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2

In popular culture[edit]

The track was used in the 1979 film Being There starring Peter Sellers, as his character leaves home for the very first time in his life.

In 2001 it was used by the University of South Carolina Gamecocks football team in their entrance onto the field.[citation needed] The song is used by professional wrestler "Nature Boy" Ric Flair as his entrance theme music.[citation needed]

In the spirit of Deodato's original composition, the band Phish frequently plays various renditions of "Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)" in their live shows.[5]

Lead musicians[edit]

(For full musician credits, see Prelude)[6]


  1. ^ a b c d DESOUTEIRO, Arnaldo. 40 Years of Eumir Deodato's iconic "Prelude". Publicado em Jazz Station – Arnaldo DeSouteiro’s Blog (jazz, bossa e Beyond), Los Angeles – Based Jazz Historian, Educator and Record Producer. Voting member of Naras-Grammy, Jazz Journalists Association and Los Angeles Jazz Society. Founder & Ceo of Jazz Station Records (JSR), a division of Jazz Station Marketing & Consulting – Los Angeles, Califórnia – 30 de setembro de 2013. Página visitada em 1º de março de 2014.
  2. ^ a b c DEODATO, Eumir. About/Introduction/History (link). Publicado no site official de Eumir Deodato. Página visitada em 3 de maio de 2015.
  3. ^ "Cti Covers: Eumir Deodato". Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Phish - 2001 4-4-98 Providence, RI live". YouTube. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Deodato* - Prelude (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". 7 April 1973. Retrieved 25 April 2016.