Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Flight of the Bumble Bee free piano music sheets


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Composer’s Short Biography:

Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (18 March 1844 – 21 June 1908) was one of five Russian composers known as the five (along with Alexander Borodin and Modest Musorgsky), and was later a teacher of harmony and orchestration. He is particularly noted for a predilection for folk and fairy-tale subjects, and for his extraordinary skill in orchestration, which may have been influenced by his synesthesia. His principle works include Sadko; Snow Maiden; Le Coq d’Or (The Golden Cockerel); and Scheherazade.

Song Facts:

“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. The piece closes Act III, Tableau 1, during which the magic Swan-Bird changes Prince Gvidon Saltanovich (the Tsar’s son) 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 concerto piece possible.


 

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