Man plays "Flight of the Bumblebee" on a toy piano at truly astounding speed

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2020/08/26/man-plays-flight-of-the-bumb.html

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Ther piano really should have caught fire or collapsed at the end.

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Impressive yes, but let’s see him play it on the new Lego Ideas Piano (then I’ll really be impressed)

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Another challenge for the Green Hornet!

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That’s a nice little piano. He fits the Bumble Bee into two and a half octaves, and I don’t hear anything wrong. Okay, he doesn’t know the difference between a bumble bee and a mosquito, but a lot of people do that. I want one.

Did you know Dumbledore is an old dialect word for a bumble bee? Oh, you did. Sorry.

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I get that it is originally a fast(er) paced piece - 144 BPM if I recall correctly - but I fail to understand why some people keep trying to set world-record speeds playing this… Sure, it is a show of skill and demonstrates your speed, but it sounds awful if you compare it to the beauty of the original orchestral version.

So, for those that want to compare, here it goes:

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At about the 95 second mark, he missed a note. Amatuer.

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It takes me an hour just to play The Minute Waltz!

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That piano seems like it may not be what most of us think of as a ‘toy’ piano as normally seen at that size. It seems to have a much better tone, playing action, and actually be tuned correctly. I suspect some considerable expense greater than the variety typically found in the toy shops. Any ideas where it comes from?

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OK but how fast can he play it on this one?

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00:00 to 01:49 You watching the bee.
01:50 to 02:21 Bee watching you.
02:22 to 03:25 You watching the bee.

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That one. No. But…

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Speed it up, will ya? Two minutes and ten seconds! Ain’t nobody got time for that!

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On that link … did they get Hugh Laurie to pose for that product photo?

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I fear the Wonderful Mr Liberace may have started the Bumblebee Races. He may not have been the absolute first, but he was good…

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https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/1183242205

I think that’s it on the right.

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His left hand is hammering out a boogie-woogie riff.

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Yes. This is not quite the authentic Rimsky-Korsakov version. But he used to play it straight at a terrific pace too. It’s a bumblebee, not a mosquito. He also has rather more piano and uses it all. Doing The Bee on a 32-noter is impressive.

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