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Flight of the Bumble Bee for Mixed Flute Trio


  • Staff Pick
  • Editor's Choice

Staff Pick

“A really good arrangement”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member -
Carla Rees's use of mixed flute in this excellent arrangement enables her to keep the musical line intact whilst limiting the amount of notes each player has at any one time. 2 bars of chromatic passagework passes immediately on to the next player, enabling fingers to work more fluently. There are some trickier moments - this is a difficult piece to play well - but the challenge here is more manageable than in some arrangements. Definitely recommended!

From the Publisher

This short and popular encore piece comes from the opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan, based on a poem by Pushkin and written in 1899 to commemorate 100 years since Pushkin’s birth. In the course of the opera, Prince Guidon. Son of the Tsar, is transformed into a bumble bee by a swan, who he has saved from being killed by a kite. As a bumble bee, Guidon can fly over the sea to visit his father. The Flight of the Bumble Bee is the orchestral interlude of Act 3.

This arrangement for piccolo, flute and alto flute makes a feature of the contrasting timbres of these three instruments, sharing the melodic material in three balanced parts.

Performance duration (approx): 2'30

Difficulty guide: 7-8
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details


  • Part 1: Piccolo
  • Part 2: Flute
  • Part 3: Alto Flute
Category: Flute Trio Music: Three Mixed Flutes
Publisher: Tetractys Publishing
Publisher's reference: 292019/9
Our Stock Code: 1327434
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts