Grade 2

Duration: 5:48

This show is a sci-fi adventure!  We open with “Also Sprach Zarathustra”, the dramatic fanfare by Strauss made famous in many sci-fi movies.  Then we move into “Exploration”, a driving opener with some triplet rhythms reminiscent of “Mars” from “The Planets”.  Next is “Encounter”- a ballad with some lush chord changes. The “encounter” begins softly, but builds to a dramatic climax and segues into “Battle”, a "conflict with the aliens" section in a dark minor mode punctuated with percussion interludes.  Next, we hear “Victory Celebration” with big fanfare major chords.  We conclude with a reprise of the “Exploration” theme and a big finale!