When listening to composer, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's The Flight of the Bumble-Bee, use the elements of music (melody, harmony, form, rhythm, timbre, texture, and expressive elements) to articulate...

When listening to composer, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's The Flight of the Bumble-Bee, use the elements of music (melody, harmony, form, rhythm, timbre, texture, and expressive elements) to articulate these elements non-verbally on a piece of paper (may also be considered a music map).  Thank you! 

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The orchestral interlude from Rimsky-Kovsakov's opera The Tale of Tsar Sultan is the close to Act III, Tableau 1. In this interlude, the Swan-Bird transforms himself into an insect so that he can fly off to visit his father, who does not know he is alive.

In the image above, the leitmotif of the flight (1) and the transformation (2), are, of course, the thematic ideas that bind the work together. So, in drawing a music map, these notes could be copied and inserted as they tie together the pictorial depiction of sound (as fence posts hold the wire in place every so many feet). Remembering that music and art are simply different mediums for the expression of the same concept or feeling, the student may wish to use color and line to convey the rhythm and melodies and chord progressions of the music. (There are some people, called "synesthetes," who experience double sensory experiences such as hearing a sound while also seeing a color.)

Here's another suggestion: Watch and listen to the video of the links below and try to visualize the sound in lines and imagine into what color this sound can be translated. For example, as the conductor moves his baton, imagine it is a sparkler in the dark that creates lines of light and draw this line which then moves with the progression of the music (vary the thickness, color, etc.). For example, when the flutes are being played, the line will be thinner; when the cello comes in, the line thickens, and so forth. Perhaps, the student can conceptualize the leitmotif as the body of the bee, and the lines emanating from him in his transformation and flight. And, what about flowers? Bees hover over them often in their flights.

The important thing is to free the imagination and feel, experience personally, the color and line; closing the eyes and imagining line and color can be the way to translate sound into other senses--even dance! With regard to the other link, the Canadian Brass rendition, the tuba has such round, bold notes in contrast to the sharp, staccato of the trumpet that line can easily express these sounds. 

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Sorry, but the leitmotif did not copy onto answer page. See this link from for the score of the leitmotif to which I have referred:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_of_the_Bumblebee

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