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Friday 22nd May

Flight of the Bumblebee

By: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Born: March 18, 1844

Died: June 21, 1908


Korsakov was a Russian composer. During his childhood he often listened to Russian folk songs, church music, and operas. He was also a talented piano player. He composed his first symphony while on a navy ship.



Throughout his life, Nikolai wrote operas, choral music, chamber music and works for his piano. One of his most famous pieces is "Flight of the Bumblebee," which is a song about a prince who disguises himself as a bee.

Imagine a Bumblebee buzzing around and flying away quickly so that it's not caught! The composer, Rimsky-Korsakov, was trying to create a musical bumblebee!



* Listen to the music. 👂🏼

* Consider whether you like or dislike the music and give reasons. What about your adults? yesno

* What instruments do you think you can hear? 🎻


If you want to

* Listen to the music. Draw the route that the bumblebee takes. Use paper and a pencil or chalk outside (ask an adult first!) 📝 

* Create a dance to show the frantic movements of the bumblebee. High, low, here, there and everywhere. Flutter those frantic wings! 🐝🐝