Flight of the Bumble Bee

By: Rimsky-Korsakov
For: Quartet of Tubas
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Difficult (Grades 7+)
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An arrangment for tuba quartet that passes the "fun" around the parts. Could have visual implications when it's performed.

The dynamics are slightly diffrent from the orignial. They seemed to work better that RK's in this arrangent.

Wrong note? In bar 98, the last note in the Euphoneum part is a G natural. I am guessing the RK wrote G# in keeping with the A minor tonality, and when researching this I saw versions with G#. To my ear, G-natural sounds better in this context, perhaps becuase I just got used to hearing it that way. If you really want a G#, go ahead and play it.

In its original arrangment, it has been quite popular, however there were some playability issues. Hence the 16/01/2007 update.

Main change has been the adding of slurs Some minor changes to the parts, and voicings.

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