Flight of the Bumblebee, from Tale of Tsar Saltan

"Flight of the Bumblebee" is an orchestral interlude written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov for his opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan, composed in 1899–1900. Although in the original opera it features a vocal line, it is easily omitted and this, plus the fact that the number decisively closes the scene, made for easy extraction as an concerto piece. Although the "Flight" does not have a title in the score of the opera, its common English title translates like the Russian one (Полёт шмеля = Polyot shmelya). Incidentally, this piece does not constitute one of the movements of the orchestral suite that Rimsky-Korsakov derived from the opera for concerts. Flight of the Bumblebee is recognizable for its frantic pace when played up to tempo, with nearly uninterrupted runs ofchromatic sixteenth notes. It is not so much the pitch or range of the notes that are played that challenges the musician, but simply the musician's ability to move to them quickly enough. Because of this and its complexity, it requires a great deal of skill to perform.

This piece contains the following parts:

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RK - Bumblebee

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (18 March [O.S. 6 March] 1844, – 21 June [O.S. 8 June] 1908) was a Russian composer, and a member of ...

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