You know this music. Incredibly, almost everyone seems to know it. "The Flight of the Bumblebee" seems to perfectly embody quicksilver action and if you don’t know it by name, you’ll instantly recognize the music when you watch this new video, that playfully remolds the composition into something just a tad more contemporary sounding. How about a rapper vs a flutist; each lightning fast.
For your entertainment, CBC Music presents a musical battle – a contest of skill, will and musicality – may the best bee win.
Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov wrote “The Flight of the Bumblebee” in 1899-1890 as part of an opera called The Tale of Tsar Saltan. In the opera, this music sets the scene for a magic swan changing the prince into a bumblebee so that the prince can fly away to see his father. No wonder people like Walt Disney later took an interest in the music. This one little portion of that opera remains a top ten hit in classical music.
To celebrate the anniversary of the composer’s birth, CBC Music approached rapper Kia Kadiri, flutist Mark McGregor and Russ Klyne (who created the beats and arrangement) to create this new recording.
Happy Birthday to Mr. Rimsky-Korsakov – the man would be turning 170 years old this year if he were still alive and no doubt, he’d be fascinated by this version of his ever popular music.
Kia Kadiri rapper
Mark McGregor flute
Russ Klyne arranger, beats
Jon Siddall Producer
Ben Aylsworth Video director
Simon Hunt Lighting
Simon Hunt and Ben Aylsworth Cameras
Dennis Chan Editor
Bruce Dierick and Bill Moore Assistant Engineers