Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

The Bees and the Birds

There are many pieces of classical music -- besides "The Flight of the Bumblebee" -- that are about bees, birds, and other winged creatures. Composers use various instruments to imitate insects, and to create all kinds of bird calls.

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Music In This Episode

The Bee

Wasp Overture

Sonata Representativa

Aria Sopra la Bergamasca

The Birds

Imitation of a Cuckoo Sonata

Cuckoo and the Nightingale

Il Giardinello

Peter and the Wolf

Flight of the Bumblebee