Rimsky-Korsakov, N :: Flight of the Bumble Bee, 2nd Ed.

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  • Composer
    Rimsky-Korsakov, N
  • Instrumentation
    Woodwind Quintet
  • Publisher
    Musicians Publications [WQ227]
  • Editor
    Holcombe, Bill (arr)
  • Orchestration
    fl, ob, cl, hn, bsn
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Flight of the Bumble Bee, 2nd Ed.
Rimsky-Korsakov, N

Musicians Publications presents Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov s Flight of the Bumble Bee arranged for woodwind quintet by Bill Holcombe.

This rendition of Rimsky-Korsakov s energetic work is scored for flute, oboe, clarinet, french horn, and bassoon. This second edition for woodwind quintet is advanced in difficulty, including the running sixteenth chromatic lines throughout each instrument.

Rimsky-Korsakov originally composed his ultra-famous Flight of the Bumblebee as part of The Tale of Tsar Sultan , the opera he wrote in 1899 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great Russian author Alexander Pushkin. The story of this fairy-tale opera involves three sisters, three wishes, three wonders, and three bee stings. The celebrated Flight of the Bumblebee is heard between scenes, after the swan (one of the wonders) shows the hero how he can turn himself into a bee, so he can fly home and meet his father. The composer creates the picturesque frenzy of a bee in flight with incredibly fast notes moving in a narrow range for the violins, clarinet, and flute in turn.

- Jane Vial Jaffe, 2018

  • Composer
    Rimsky-Korsakov, N
  • Instrumentation
    Woodwind Quintet
  • Publisher
    Musicians Publications [WQ227]
  • Editor
    Holcombe, Bill (arr)
  • Orchestration
    fl, ob, cl, hn, bsn
  • Includes CD
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
    Undefined
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