There are many crazy versions of “Flight Of The Bumblebee” floating around, but few of them can be compared to Yuja Wang – flight of the bumblebee version.
In this concert from the piano star Yuja Wang plays Georges Cziffra arrangement for piano of Rimsky-Korsakov’s most famous piece “the Flight of the Bumble-Bee” (Vol du Bourdon), the audience were going crazy and there was only one encore for it: an incredible hand-blurring, double-octave tour de force, Whammy. Not only does the music sound like a swarm of bees flying, Her hands are moving about as fast as a Bee’s wings during flight too, She plays it as if it’s nothing ….. This “Bumblebee” will certainly leave you stunned, it’s utterly crazy.
The bumblebee story
This Rimsky-Korsakov classic “Flight of the Bumblebee” is a notoriously difficult piece of music which the composer wrote as an orchestral interlude for his opera “The Tale of Tsar Saltan,” where it closes Act III of the opera. This melody signals the transformation of Prince Gvidon into a bumblebee thanks to some tricks by the Swan Bird, so that he can visit his father, so its composition is intended to musically evoke the seemingly chaotic and rapidly changing flying pattern of a bumblebee. It is today known for being a standard showcase for solo instrumental virtuosity.
However, It isn’t an easy piece to master. The greatest challenge lies in the musician’s ability to move quickly enough between its difficult notes.
Who is Yuja Wang?
Yuja Wang, the female counterpart to her compatriot Lang Lang, is one of the world’s best pianists and is well known for her virtuosic performances of music from Mozart to Tchaikovsky. The Chinese piano prodigy has been practicing piano since she was six years old and she now solos with the most prestigious orchestras, including the Berliner and Wiener Philharmoniker. This virtuoso became famous in 2007 with her energetic and intelligent interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. In addition to her virtuosity and musical intelligence, Yuja Wang is famous because of her exuberant clothing style as she wears daring dresses and five-inch heels.