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"Flight of the Bumblebee" is a famous orchestral interlude written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov for his opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan, composed in 1899-1900. The piece closes Act III, Tableau 1, right after the magic Swan-Bird gives Prince Gvidon Saltanovich (the Tsar's son) instructions on how to change into an insect so that he can fly away to visit his father (who does not know that he is alive). Although in the opera the Swan-Bird sings during the first part of the "Flight," her vocal line is melodically uninvolved and easily omitted; this feature, combined with the fact that the number decisively closes the scene, made easy extraction as an orchestral concert piece possible. For the song titled Orchestra, see The Servant (band). ... An interlude (between play) is: Look up Interlude in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (Russian: , Nikolaj Andreevič Rimskij-Korsakov), also Nikolay, Nicolai, and Rimsky-Korsakoff, (March 6 (N.S. March 18), 1844 – June 8 (N.S. June 21) 1908) was a Russian composer, one of five Russian composers known as The Five, and was later a... For other uses, see Opera (disambiguation). ... The Tale of Tsar Saltan (Сказка о царе Салтане in Russian, Skazka o care Saltane in transliteration) is an opera in four acts (six tableaux) with a prologue, by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov to a Russian libretto by Vladimir Ivanovich Belsky, based on the poem of the same name by Aleksandr Pushkin. ... Year 1899 (MDCCCXCIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday [1] of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Ğ: For the film, see: 1900 (film). ... For other uses, see Shapeshifting (disambiguation). ... Orders Subclass Apterygota Archaeognatha (bristletails) Thysanura (silverfish) Subclass Pterygota Infraclass Paleoptera (Probably paraphyletic) Ephemeroptera (mayflies) Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) Infraclass Neoptera Superorder Exopterygota Grylloblattodea (ice-crawlers) Mantophasmatodea (gladiators) Plecoptera (stoneflies) Embioptera (webspinners) Zoraptera (angel insects) Dermaptera (earwigs) Orthoptera (grasshoppers, etc) Phasmatodea (stick insects) Blattodea (cockroaches) Isoptera (termites) Mantodea (mantids) Psocoptera... Look up melody in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For the album by The Cure, see Concert (album). ...



Here is the text of the scene where the Swan-Bird sings during this music:

Russian English Translation
(Гвидон спускается с берега в море. Из моря вылетает шмель, кружась около Лебедь-Птицы.)

Ну, теперь, мой шмель, гуляй,
судно в море догоняй,
потихоньку опускайся,
в щель подальше забивайся.
Будь здоров, Гвидон, лети,
только долго не гости!
(Шмель улетает.)

(Gvidon goes down from the shore into the sea. Out from the sea flies a bumblebee, whirling around the Swan-Bird.)

Well, now, my bumblebee, go on a spree,
catch up with the ship on the sea,
go down secretly,
get into a crack a little distance away.
Good luck, Gvidon, fly,
only do not stay long!
(The bumblebee flies away.)

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 = Poljot šmelja). (Incidentally, this piece does not constitute one of the movements of the orchestral suite that the composer derived from the opera for concerts.) Sheet music is written representation of music. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...

Those familiar with the opera Tsar Saltan may recognize two leitmotifs used in the Flight, both of which are associated with Prince Gvidon from earlier in the opera. These are illustrated here in musical notation: A leitmotif (IPA pronunciation: ) (also leitmotiv; lit. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

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The music of this number recurs in modified form during the ensuing tableau (Act III, Tableau 2), at the points when the Bumblebee appears during the scene: it stings the two evil sisters on the brow, blinds Babarikha (the instigator of the plot to trick Saltan at the beginning into sending his wife away), and in general causes havoc at the end of the tableau. (Readers of Aleksandr Pushkin's original poem upon which this opera is based will note that Gvidon is supposed to go on three separate trips to Saltan's kingdom, each of which requires a transformation into a different insect.) Aleksandr Pushkin by Vasily Tropinin Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin (Russian: Алекса́ндр Серге́евич Пу́шкин, Aleksandr Sergeevič PuÅ¡kin,  ) (June 6, 1799 [O.S. May 26] – February 10, 1837 [O.S. January 29]) was a Russian Romantic author who is considered to be the greatest Russian poet[1] [2][3] and the founder of modern Russian...

"Flight of the Bumblebee" is recognizable for its frantic pace when played up to tempo, with nearly uninterrupted runs of conjunct chromatic 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. For other uses, see Tempo (disambiguation). ... The chromatic scale is a scale with twelve pitches, each a semitone or half step apart. ... Figure 1. ... Pitch is the perceived fundamental frequency of a sound. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ...

Although the original orchestral version mercifully assigns portions of the sixteenth-note runs to various instruments in tandem, in the century since its composition the piece has become a standard showcase for solo instrumental virtuosity, whether on the original violin or on practically any other melodic instrument. Look up Tandem in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A century (From the Latin cent, one hundred) is one hundred consecutive years. ... A virtuoso (from Italian virtuoso, late Latin virtuosus, Latin virtus meaning: skill, manliness, excellence) is an individual who possesses outstanding technical ability at singing or playing a musical instrument. ... For the Anne Rice novel, see Violin (novel). ... Look up melody in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ...

Adaptations and arrangements

Among early adaptations, Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestral interlude was transcribed for piano by Sergei Rachmaninoff, with a few enhancements to the harmony. A short grand piano, with the lid up. ... Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (Russian: , Sergej Vasilevič Rakhmaninov, 1 April 1873 (N.S.) or 20 March 1873 (O.S.) – 28 March 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor, one of the last great champions of the Romantic style of European classical music. ...

Violinist Yehudi Menuhin would often play the piece solo for Allied troops during World War II. Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin, OM, KBE (April 22, 1916 – March 12, 1999) was an American violinist and conductor who spent most of his performing career in the United Kingdom. ... In general, allies are people or groups that have joined an alliance and are working together to achieve some common purpose. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...

The fleeting melody of this composition makes it especially attractive to those who want to showcase their instrumental technique, a trend which has led to many unorthodox arrangements. "Flight of the Bumblebee" was played on an electric guitar with accompanying orchestra, on the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's third album, Beethoven's Last Night. Jennifer Batten also recorded a version, which is played without a pick, and is done entirely with tapping. Troy Stetina also includes a version transcribed for electric guitar in his instructional book Speed Mechanics For Lead Guitar, which is played by him at virtuoso speeds. Al Hirt played an arrangement, called "Green Bee," which was used in the soundtrack to Kill Bill and was the theme song of the 1960s television series Green Hornet. Other rock renditions include the introduction to the song He-Man Woman Hater by Extreme (played by Nuno Bettencourt), and an arranged version played on piccolo bass guitar by Joey DeMaio of heavy metal band Manowar, known as Sting Of The Bumblebee. Progressive metal band Dream Theater also put it in part 1 and 2 of "In The Presence of Enemies". An electric guitar An electric guitar is a type of guitar that uses pickups to convert the vibration of its steel-cored strings into electrical current, which is then amplified. ... For the song titled Orchestra, see The Servant (band). ... Trans-Siberian Orchestra (often abbreviated as TSO) is a rock orchestra founded by Paul ONeill, Robert Kinkel, and Jon Oliva in 1996. ... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... Beethovens Last Night is a concept album by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, released in the year 2000. ... Jennifer Batten is a guitarist who first received word-of-mouth attention that eventually led guitar magazines to take notice of her highly original approach to the electric guitar. ... This article is about the music technique. ... Troy Stetina (b. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Al Hirt (November 7, 1922 – April 27, 1999) was a popular U.S. trumpeter and bandleader. ... Kill Bill is the fourth film by writer-director Quentin Tarantino. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ... Green Hornet has several meanings: The Green Hornet character, created by George W. Trendle. ... Extreme was an American Hard rock band that achieved popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... Joey DeMaio Joey DeMaio is an Italian American bass player and main songwriter for the heavy metal band Manowar which he co-founded in 1980. ... This article is about the band. ...

In addition to these instruments, "Flight of the Bumblebee" has been played on flute (by Sir James Galway), on tuba (most famously by Canadian Brass tuba player Chuck Daellenbach), on trumpet by Maurice André, Wynton Marsalis, Rafael Méndez and many others, on Euphonium by Steven Mead, and even a near-impossible novelty version played on trombone, amid uproarious laughter from the artistes, on Spike Jones' first LP, Dinner Music For People Who Aren't Very Hungry. Christian Lindberg also played it on a trombone as a serious recording on his album, "The Virtuoso Trombone." Likewise novel is the a cappella vocal version by the New Swingle Singers. In the 2003 President's Star Charity of Singapore, "Flight of the Bumblebee" was performed on the erhu, a Chinese bowed string instrument. Miss America 1990 Debbye Turner performed a memorable version on the marimba during the talent competition of that year's pageant. â™  This article is about the family of musical instruments. ... Sir James Galway (born December 8, 1939) is an Irish flute player from Belfast, often called the man with the golden flute. ... For other uses, see Tuba (disambiguation). ... The Canadian Brass are a brass quintet founded by Charles Daellenbach, Stuart Laughton, and Gene Watts in 1970. ... Charles Daellenbach (Chuck) is a tuba player best known as one of the founders of Canadian Brass, a very popular brass quintet known for its virtuosic skill, broad range of musical fare, and humorous presentation style. ... Trumpeter redirects here. ... Maurice André (born May 21, 1933) is a French trumpeter, active in the classical music field. ... Wynton Learson Marsalis (b. ... Rafael Méndez, The Legacy album cover Rafael Méndez (March 26, 1906 - September 15, 1981) was a popular virtuoso solo trumpeter. ... The euphonium is a conical-bore, baritone-voiced brass instrument. ... The trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. ... Spike Jones For the music video and film director, see Spike Jonze. ... A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ... Dinner Music For People Who Arent Very Hungry - Spike Jones Demonstrates Your Hi-Fi was the first long-playing release by comedic bandleader Spike Jones. ... Christian Lindberg Christian Lindberg (born 1958) is a Swedish trombone virtuoso. ... The trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. ... Side view of an erhu. ... For the patriotically-themed comic book superheroines, see Miss America (comics). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Debbye Turner was born September 19, 1965 in Honolulu, where her father was serving in the military. ... The marimba ( ) is a musical instrument in the percussion family. ...

The singer Barry Manilow has also performed the "Flight" on a kazoo with an accompanying orchestra. Leslie "Tiny" Martin, double bassist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and professor of double bass at Boston University and New England Conservatory of Music, played it on an orchestral double bass to amuse students and win auditions. In the 1970s, Ms. Martin also performed it routinely with The Wuz. Barry Manilow (born June 17, 1946) is an American singer and songwriter best known for such recordings as I Write the Songs, Mandy, Weekend in New England and Copacabana. ... For the visual effects technology, see ZOO Digital Group. ... For the song titled Orchestra, see The Servant (band). ... The Boston Symphony Orchestra is one of the worlds premiere orchestras. ... For the similarly named institution in Chestnut Hill, see Boston College. ... The New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston, Massachusetts is the oldest independent conservatory in the United States. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

A duet arrangement was performed by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and singer Bobby McFerrin on the album Hush. Alternate meaning: Cello web browser A cropped image to show the relative size of a cello to a human (Uncropped Version) The cello (also violoncello or cello) is a stringed instrument and part of the violin family. ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is Ma Yo-Yo Ma (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ) (b. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Bobby McFerrin Robert Bobby McFerrin Jr. ...

Bee, a remix of the piece by Banya, appears on the music video game Pump It Up, and "Driving Lazy Bee," another remix of the piece, this one by Glasslake, appears on the online rhythm game O2Jam. BanYa (반야), sometimes spelled BANYA or Banya, is Andamiros musical group responsible for creating original songs for Pump It Up. ... Open source music video game StepMania A music video game, also commonly known as a music game or rhythm game, is a video game where the gameplay is oriented almost entirely around the players ability to follow a musical beat and stay with the rhythm of the games... This article is about the video game. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A music video game, also commonly known as a music game or rhythm game, is a type of video game where the gameplay is oriented almost entirely around the players ability to follow a musical beat and stay with the rhythm of the games soundtrack. ... O2Jam is an online rhythm game developed in South Korea by O2Media. ...

In addition, Croatian pianist Maksim Mrvica's "The Flight of the Bumble-Bee" was even played in a techno-classical-crossover style/genre and that piece was played twice with an interlude within in one track from his first album "The Piano Player (2003)" which was also his first single co-produced by Jeff Wayne that helped catapulting him to fame (especially across Asian countries) for his impeccable piano performances. A pianist is a person who plays the piano. ... Maksim Mrvica (pronounced Maravitsa[1]) (born May 3, 1975) is a popular pianist from Croatia. ... For the comic book character previously known as Techno, see Fixer (comics). ... This article is about Western art music from 1000 AD to the 2000s . ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A genre [], (French: kind or sort from Greek: γένος (genos)) is a loose set of criteria for a category of literary composition; the term is also used for any other form of art or utterance. ... An interlude (between play) is: Look up Interlude in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Piano Player is a music album created by Maksim Mrvica and released in 2003. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jeffrey Jeff Wayne is a musician mostly known for his musical version of H. G. Wells The War of the Worlds. ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... A short grand piano, with the lid up. ... A street musician with accordion in Bremen A performance comprises an event in which generally one group of people (the performer or performers) behave in a particular way for the benefit of another group of people (the viewer or viewers, or audience). ...

Perhaps the most unusual version of the piece is by French electronic musician, Jean-Jacques Perrey. In the '60s, Perrey recorded the sounds of live bees, and by tedious tape manipulation and hundreds of splices of tape, he assembled a frantic version that features the bees actually playing the melody line. Album cover art from In Sound from Way Out! The musical duo Perrey and Kingsley (Jean-Jacques Perrey, b. ...

Danish vibraphone player Max Siede Leth has made a virtuos version for two percussion players playing on 1 marimba! Running around playing at the same time on the front side and back side of the instrument and shifting positions all the time. This version has been performed with great success by the danish percussion duo: Safri Duo

Flight of the Bumblebee in popular culture

  • Gonzo eats a rubber tire to the tune. The performance is included on The Muppet Show Cast Album.
  • Contemporary a capella band Spiralmouth covered the piece twice for the video game Crash Twinsanity, in each of the two "Doc Amok" sequences.
  • The tune is also roughly sampled in the cartoon, Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog, (along with Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King)
  • In the film Shine the main character, pianist David Helfgott is ridiculed by a restaurant go-er, after which he proceeds to play the piece at breakneck speed and silences the bully.
  • In the Little Einsteins episode "The Northern Night Light," the crew sings the tune with the lyrics "flubba dubba...", asking the audience to shake their heads, hands, legs, and "tails" to the beat in order to overcome their fear of the dark. In the episode "Rocket Safari," the children use the piece to find animals in order to pull Rocket out of a waterfall.
  • In the game Ultima VII the piece is played when the Avatar enters the giant bee cave.
  • In an episode of The Simpsons, [1F06] "Boy-Scoutz N the Hood", a short excerpt of the piece is played after Homer trips on a peanut and the $20 he was holding flies out of his hand and out the window.
  • It is included in Taiko no Tatsujin DS.
  • In the Paragon SWP pub game "Moneycomb", the piece is performed by the bees buzzing on the category select screen.
  • A jazz version of the piece, entitled The Green Hornet, was used as the theme for the 1966-1967 TV show, The Green Hornet.[1]
  • In an episode from the show The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, this song is played during a pop quiz that Carlton and Will are taking, during the song, Carlton suffered from odd hallucinations
  • 90's Rock band Extreme did a version they entitled "Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee" which appeared as an introduction to the song "He Man Woman Hater." It featured a rapid, minimal drum track just to keep time, coupled with lead guitarist Nuno Bettencourt's electric guitar impression of the classic.
  • In a scene from the movie Drumline (film) during a football game the marching band from Texas A&M plays Flight of the Bumblebee.

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  1. ^ The Green Hornet (adventure, starring Van Williams and Bruce Lee) (English). Classic U.S. TV Series: THEME Music List. Retrieved on 2007-06-12.

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"The Flight of the Bumblebee" is a famous orchestral interlude written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov for his opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan, composed in 1899-1900.
Although in the opera the Swan-Bird sings during the first part of the "Flight," her vocal line is melodically uninvolved and easily omitted; this feature, combined with the fact that the number decisively closes the scene, made easy extraction as an orchestral concert piece possible.
In the 2003 President's Star Charity of Singapore, "Flight of the Bumblebee" was performed on the erhu, a Chinese bowed string instrument.
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