Happy birthday, Nikolai

In honor of the birthday of Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908), here is his greatest hit, performed by the Canadian Brass.

7 Responses to Happy birthday, Nikolai

  1. Lisa Beth says:

    Superb, thank you for posting.

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  2. This really gave me a buzz!

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  3. egorr says:

    Ah, Spring!
    Better get Buzzy, Bees!

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  4. The first opera I ever went to, was in 1948 at Sadlers Wells in London, the opera was The Snow Maiden; I can’t recall the music, the only 2 things I do remember clearly was the scene with the fiery Russian dancing, which filled me with excitement, and the other was the King, that’s King George VI; our presents Queens father; nephew George Lascelles;
    The Earl of Harewood, who at that time was 6th in line to the throne. A position now occupied by Prince Harry. with the Earl was his wife to be Marian Stein, a pianist.

    The earl was named for his grandfather George V who actually thought that young George Lascelles was rather odd. Young George preferred music and literature to riding horses and shooting pheasant.

    The Earl became a great patron of the opera and arts in England, after divorcing Marian he married the elder sister (a violinist) to Barry Tuckwell, that great Australian French horn player, who now has US citizenship.

    He also had a stately home
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harewood_House

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  5. A personal favorite. The brass made for great staccato notes in there, excellent for the piece.

    When I were a wee tad, we got to play on Gramma’s old player piano. Learned lots of turn-of-previous-century songs on that thing. It was electric, but you could foot-pump it too, which we did a lot.

    And of course there was the “tempo” lever. Nothing quite like hiking the tempo up to “way too fast,” and foot-pumping Flight of the Bumblebee for true kid giggles.

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