Jack Fina (1913–1970) Bumble Boogie
based on “The flight of the Bumblebee” by Rimskij-Korsakov [pno]
Jazz Bumblebee For Two
16 pages | 23 x 30,5 cm | 95 g | ISMN: 979-0-004-18492-9 | Softcover
Jack Fina came up with the idea of his Bumble Boogie based on Rimsky-Korsakovs famous Flight of the Bumblebee in the 1930s. The finely coordinated mixture of genre piece and jazz standard is still an indispensable piece in the repertoire of every pianist today.
The experienced jazz piano teacher Manfred Schmitz considers Finas virtuoso paraphrase as an original work. His arrangement, which he prepared at the suggestion of the publisher, distributes the technical challenges of the Jazz Bumblebee among two players who, even in this form, still get enough attractive playing material for their fingers and will enjoy buzzing over the keyboard with a fellow piano player.
Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee is one of those little orchestral interludes from operas, excerpts that have long since become immortal even while denying their origins, given that practically no one knows that this bravura piece comes from the opera The Tale of Czar Saltan. It did not take long before the indefatigable Flight of the Bumblebee started to show up in arrangements for solo instruments and, of course, for piano. The American songwriter and bandleader Jack Fina (1913–1970) went one step further when he used the chromatic frenzy of the late-romantic Russian composer as the basis for his Bumble Boogie in the 1930s. Fina wrote his paraphrase for the Freddy Martin Band. It conquered the charts, was heard in the Disney film Melody Time and, at least in its piano version, is an indispensable staple of every pianist’s repertoire thanks to its well-balanced mix of genre piece and jazz standard.
The experienced jazz teacher Manfred Schmitz regards this Bumble Boogie as an original work; he composed his four-hand piano arrangement at the instigation of the publisher. It is a new version that offers all piano duos practice and performance material for teaching and recital purposes.
Wiesbaden, Fall 2013