Rimsky Korsakov : Flight of the bumble bee arranged for Brass quintet
Product Code : Rimsky_Korsakov_02
Rimsky Korsakov started his career in the Navy, and it has been suggested that this influenced his composition, and an example of this is his opera The Tale of Tsar Sultan, which was first performed in 1900. The "Flight of the Bumblebeeâ€ is performed in the closing part of act 3 of the opera. The opera, based on a Pushkin poem, recounts the fairy tale of Prince Gvidon, the son of Tsar Sultan. During this scene in the story, a magical swan transforms Gvidon into a bumblebee so that he can reunite with his father (who has been tricked to believe that his son is not alive). Here is the original text to this particular tableau: THE SWAN: Well, now, my bumblebee, go on a spree catch up with the ship on the sea, go down secretly, get deep into a crack. Good luck, Gvidon, fly, only do not stay long! Endowed with new powers as a bumblebee, Gvidon causes a great deal of chaos in his frantic quest for his father and personal redemption; this commotion can be heard in the piece's rapid, dizzying whirl of chromatic passages. Yet, despite its operatic origins, the "Flight of the Bumblebee" has become universally renowned as a stand-alone instrumental showpiece. The result buzzes with extra velocity and virtuosity. We are very grateful to Simon Kerwin for arranging this. These notes were partly taken from andersonroe.com
In most cases, this is the arrangment being played back using the Sibelius video export facility, but in some cases this is an actual performance by groups commissioned by Undiscovered Brass to actually perform the arrangment.
Flight of the bumble bee arranged for Brass quintet