Flight of the Bumblebee

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Flight of the Bumblebee
Composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Released 1900-11-03

Flight of the Bumblebee is an orchestral interlude composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and that is featured in his opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan. The song is played at an incredible tempo making it a difficult tune to master. It is featured in several games because it has long since been in the public domain.

Tree Insects song got some sound from this classic tune.

Games

Donkey Kong 3 (NES)

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Donkey Kong 3 (NES)
Arranger Hirokazu Tanaka
Released 1984-07-04
Format NSF


Buzz Off! (C64)

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Buzz Off! (C64)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1984-??-??
Format SID


Road Runner (ARC)

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Road Runner (ARC)
Arranger Hal Canon
Released 1985-??-??
Format UNK


Creative Music System (DOS)

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Creative Music System (DOS)
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Arranger Seng Kwong
Released 1987-08-??
Length 1:15
Format CMS

Flight of the Bumblebee is located on Song Disk 1 as Bee.cms. The file's metadata credits arrangement to Seng Kwong. The title in the metadata spells "bumblebee" as two words. The tune is played on the SAA1099 chips in the Creative Music System.

Parodius (MSX)

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Parodius (MSX)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1988-??-??
Format KSS


Captain Comic: The Adventure (NES)

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Captain Comic: The Adventure (NES)
Arranger Judye Pistole
Released 1989-??-??
Format NSF


Road Runner (NES)

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Road Runner (NES)
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Arranger Gavan Anderson, Tania Smith
Released 1989-??-??
Length 0:20
BPM 300
Format NSF

Flight of the Bumblebee plays during the second round. According to Gavan, because of his going on tour, he had Tania Smith finish up the arrangement, though she was not yet an employee of Beam Software at the time. Gavan also explained that they had originally done the whole song, but due to space constraints on the cartridge, they had to cut down the track.

The song plays at 300 BPM, a tempo that, according to Gavan, was set by the programmers. Gavan and Tania wrote the music in Music Macro Language using Neil Brennan's version of Beam Software's NYNTH sound driver. Though the game was developed in Australia, a country that uses the PAL format, it plays in the same key as the original song, so Gavan and Tania probably did the arrangement with NTSC consoles in mind. Its internal name is BEE.T.

Exterminator (C64)

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Exterminator (C64)
Released 1990

Some percussions along with the simplified version of Flight of the Bumblebee is the main theme of the game.


Parodius (NES)

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Parodius (NES)
Arranger Hiroshi Takeyasu, Tomoya Tomita
Released 1990-11-30
Format NSF


Tiny Toon Adventures (NES)

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Tiny Toon Adventures (NES)
Arranger Jun Funahashi, Masae Nakashima, Satoko Minami
Released 1991-12-20
Format NSF


Ultima VII: The Black Gate (DOS)

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Ultima VII: The Black Gate (DOS)
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Arranger Dana Glover
Released 1992-04-16
Length 1:22.88
BPM 170
Format MIDI

In Ultima VII: The Black Gate (DOS), Flight of the Bumblebee is played in the Bee Cave where giant bees have made their hive. In the game, you must harvest their honey for a quest, and the game offers multiple ways to deal with the bees. Interestingly, the song ends with silence, and then a few odd notes.

This song is track 54 in the game's data files.

Aero the Acro-Bat (SNES)

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Aero the Acro-Bat (SNES)
Arranger Darren Mitchell
Released 1993-10-??
Format SPC

Played when you fight the bosses at the circus and the funpark.

Aero the Acro-Bat (GEN)

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Aero the Acro-Bat (GEN)
Arranger Darren Mitchell
Released 1993-??-??
Length 1:31
Format UNK

Played when you fight the bosses at the circus and the funpark.

DX-Ball (W32)

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DX-Ball (W32)
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Arranger Romeo Music International
Released 1996-??-??
Length 1:17
Format MDS


Crash Twinsanity (PS2)

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Crash Twinsanity (PS2)
Arranger Spiralmouth
Released 2009-04-28
Length 1:17
Format PSF


Crash Twinsanity (XBOX)

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Crash Twinsanity (XBOX)
Arranger Spiralmouth
Released 2009-04-28
Format UNK


DX-Ball (WEB)

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DX-Ball (WEB)
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Arranger Romeo Music International
Released 2012-??-??
Length 1:17
Format MP3


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