Rimskij-Korsakov The Flight of the Bumble Bee
Virtuosic music at the edge of extremes.
About the video
- Published online 29 August 2023.
- The video is approximately 2 minutes.
- A musical excerpt from the series Mankind and Music, episode 4.
Russian composer Rimsky-Korsakov is often associated with the symphonic suite Scheherazade, which is based on the folktale collection One Thousand and One Nights. But his showpiece, Flight of the Bumblebee, is from his opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan, which is based on a story by Pushkin.
The opera in its entirety is not often performed, unlike the famous interlude between the scenes of the third act: Flight of the Bumblebee This work is utterly masterful and has been arranged for many instruments and instrument combinations. Here, we hear it for two marimbas.
This excerpt of music is from episode 4 of the series Mankind and Music. The five episodes are available to watch here on Konserthuset Play. Why does music exist? What happens to us when we make or listen to music? In this series, we explore answers to these questions together with musicians, listeners and researchers.
Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov The Flight of the Bumble Bee
Daniel Kåse marimba
Daniel Norberg marimba