The Tale of Tsar Saltan

Flight of the Bumblebee (Act III, Tableau 1)

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Publisher: Petersburg: Bessel, n.d. (1901). Plate 4849.
"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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About The Tale of Tsar Saltan

The Tale of Tsar Saltan (Russian: Сказка о царе Салтане, Skazka o Tsare Saltane) is an opera in four acts with a prologue, seven scenes, by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The libretto was written by Vladimir Belsky, and is based on the poem of the same name by Aleksandr Pushkin. The opera was composed in 1899–1900 to coincide with Pushkin's centenary, and was first performed in 1900 in Moscow, Russia.
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Other sub titles

ca:El vol del borinot, es:El vuelo del moscardón, fr:Le vol du bourdon, he:מעוף הדבורה, it:Il volo del calabrone (musica), nl:De vlucht van de hommel, ja:熊蜂の飛行, zh:大黃蜂的飛行

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