Sunday, November 6, 2011
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Flight of the Bumblebee
Mut Rimsky-Korsakov was a fine composer in his own right. Probably his best known long piece is his Orchestral Suite "Scheherazade". Undoubtedly, this is his most famous short piece. You've very likely heard it.
It's insanely complicated, to the point that it is an irresistible challenge to musicians of all types. If you need to prove your musical chops, this is the one to dust off. The original score is for flute, and the lovely and quite-the-flautist Mrs. Borepatch can actually play this. Yes, she's that good. But other instrumentalists pick up this gauntlet, too - for example, the Canadian Brass on Tuba:
Or here, with the U.S. Army Brass' Trombonist:
It ain't bragging if you can do it.