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#27593 - 11/02/01 07:51 PM Flight of the Bumble-Bee
Amily Offline
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Registered: 03/26/01
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I recently ran across the Flight of the Bumble-Bee in a book I found at a sale (Howard Kasschau Piano Course book five).

After playing through it a couple times I decided to come here and ask if anyone has any advice for playing it up to speed? I know all about fingering chromatic scales, but was wondering if there are any other little "tricks" to it.

Also, was this song orignally written for piano or orchestra or what? I downloaded Rachmaninoff playing it (on Morpheus \:\) ) and I like this one. Does anyone know where I can get it?

Do help, pretty please!

#27594 - 11/02/01 10:05 PM Re: Flight of the Bumble-Bee
John Offline
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Registered: 03/29/01
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I don't have that copy, but I do have one I'd recommend checking out for fun. It's called Bumble Boogie, arr. by Leo Kellis, and published by Hal Leonard (#00315201). The LH plays a standard boogie pattern in A minor:

Scale degrees ~ 1 8 b3 4 #4 5 5(lower) 5

while the RH plays the theme (starting on E). This is a FUN piece; a great "encore"!

This edition has the following fingering for the 1st measure of the theme:

54321 543 54321234

My personal choice is:

32121 432 32121212,

but I'd love to hear of any alternate fingerings.

[ November 02, 2001: Message edited by: John ]

#27595 - 11/02/01 10:48 PM Re: Flight of the Bumble-Bee
pskim Offline
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Registered: 05/18/01
Posts: 96
The Rachmaninoff playing the Flight of the Bumblebee is arranged by him. It was originally written for the orchestra by Rimsky-Korsakov. I went heard Kissin playing this piece as an encore at a concert here in Japan and it was FANTASTIC!!! I have never heard anything like it before and he played this sucker FAST!! And he didn't even miss ONE NOTE!! The rage of dynamics were absolutely mezmerizing (spelling?). I really felt that a bee was buzzing around.

About the fingerins, I think the 54321 fingering is the best possible fingering for this piece if you are to play it at the right tempo. The Rachmaninoff arrangement of this piece is by Boosie and Hawks, I think. I have the score but it's at my piano studio at another house. It's part of a collection of many other transcriptions and rarely played pieces. And it is very hard. I'd like to download that recording by Rachmaninoff. I'll go try it right now.


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