Fligh of the bumblebee

Picture on the left: Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening (1944) - By Salvador Dalí

"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 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 concert piece possible. Read More.

Ok, so now that we know all we should need to know about the flight of the bumblebee, let's listen to some artists playing this masterpiece with different instruments. It is pretty funny and pretty fun too.







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