The Late Movies: Flight of the Bumblebee


Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov wrote the tune "Flight of the Bumblebee" for his opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan in 1899. It has been used over and over to convey a sense of frantic hurry in TV, movies, and other media. Musicians use it to show off their speed. And since it is so recognizable, you can find it rendered in many forms on YouTube.

A Cappella

Voices only! Don't know what TV show this was, but I enjoyed it.

In a Time-Lapse Video

By MysteryGuitarMan. He said this took nine hours to record.

Hand Horn

Eddie Wong performs for his friends at music camp.

Guitar Hero

And he scored 100%!


The Canadian Brass calls their version "The Flight of the Tuba Bee."


Lerryns Hernandez, featuring Bobby McFerrin and Yo-Yo Ma.

Beer Bottles

I bet they had fun emptying and then tuning all those bottles.


Th composition as it was originally meant to be played, performed by Maksim.