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Thursday, May 08, 2014

Some very small things, says WNYC’s Sara Fishko, warrant a longer look. In this edition of Fishko Files, an extreme close-up of a piece of music that everyone seems to know…









For more on "Flight of the Bumblebee"


  • "Speak the Music" is a documentary film that tells the story of noted chamber musician Robert Mann. "Flight of the Bumblebee" saved Mann from a risky assignment in World War II. The movie is currently playing in some theaters. For more information about the film, visit this website.
  • Stuart Isacoff is a writer, pianist, composer and lecturer. Check out his books, including "A Natural History of the Piano," here.



Evgeny Kissin's famous performance of "Flight of the Bumblebee"



Liberace performing what he called "The Bumble Boogie," otherwise known as "Flight of the Bumblebee," on his 1950s television series.


WNYC Production Credits

Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister

Associate Producer: Laura Mayer

WNYC Newsroom Editor: Karen Frillmann

Produced by:

Sara Fishko

Comments [1]

Les from Miami, Florida

I'm reminded of Isaac Stern's performance of "Flight of the Bumblebee" in the Warner Brothers film "Humoresque" (1946) that stars Joan Crawford, John Garfield and Oscar Levant, among many other notable character actors, and the studio orchestra is conducted by Franz Waxman. It's a thrilling performance, though Isaac Stern isn't seen at all: John Garfield is supposed to be playing as the character Paul Boray; and two unseen violinists' hands and bow arm are superimposed.

May. 12 2014 09:24 AM

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