"Also sprach Zarathustra" is a tone poem by Richard Strauss, composed in 1896 and inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophical treatise of the same name. The piece was famously used in Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey, and has been musically quoted in various Muppet productions (usually in reference to the film).
- The piece is quoted at the beginning of the "I'm Gonna Always Love You" music video.
- In Sesame Street Episode 2956, Telly is awed by a large 11 in the arbor, its magnificence underscored by Strauss' music.
- In a reference to 2001: A Space Odyssey, the music plays in episode 211 of Muppets Tonight as the show's writers go crazy over a monolith.
- In Sesame Street Episode 4109, when Abby Cadabby first bumps into Snuffy, her first sight of the monolithic Snuffleupagus is underscored by a cue spoofing Strauss' music.