2001: Also Sprach Zarathustra (digital download)
2001: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Strauss/arr. Keeling) - for flute with effects pedals (digital download)
For flute and back track.
Download includes sheet music and MP3 back track.
“2001: Also Sprach Zarathustra” was inspired by Strauss’s great tone poem, as well as Phish’s interpretation of the melody. Here, only the opening fanfare (“Sunrise”) is quoted.
The performer will need an array of stompboxes in order to perform this piece:
- Loop Station: this creates the rhythmic engine (the opening beatbox section), and should remain on throughout the performance.
- Distortion: the distortion pedal should stay on throughout; set it to a moderate (not overwhelming) level of distortion.
- Delay: places where the stompbox should be engaged are marked in the music with a bracket. Have the delay set to about one second, with a strong feedback level. There should be a noticeable echo after playing a passage.
- Harmonization: the interval to be used is left to the performer. Using a third, fifth, or sixth below yields positive results.
The piece is in three sections, after the opening beatbox introduction. There are three flute solos of approximately 1:30 each; they are notated here, but they may alternatively be improvised by the performer. Each solo should build in intensity from the previous solo. In between each solo is the theme from “2001.”
Diagonal slash marks in the music indicate for the performer to rest, and to let the echoes created by the delay effect pedal to be the melody for those beats.
This piece is more about creating an “effect” than playing exactly what is notated; use this printed music only as a guide to your own interpretation!