Twinkle, Twinkle

Did you know:
“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” is a very old song at 251 years! It was originally a French melody published in 1761. Mozart later arranged the song into the following 12 variations.

Listening Exercise:
1. Play the video in full screen and follow the music.
2. Can you hear when one variation ends and another begins? If you can’t, that’s ok. Pay attention to the top left corner–The variation number will appear there (as a roman numeral).
3. Try and sing the original melody over the other variations.

Which variation do you like the best? Can you explain why you like it?

At your next lesson, tell me which variation is in a minor key.

Just for fun, try singing the melody with these scientific lyrics.
Knowing this stuff may come in handy for a test one day!


6 thoughts on “Twinkle, Twinkle

  1. I liked the first one the best because it sounded most like twinkle twinkle little star. The eleventh one sounded least like twinkle twinkle little star.

    • The 11th variation has lots of fermatas (pauses) and sounds like it’s being played “rubato”, which means to play out of time (fast and slow when you feel like it). It’s interesting how playing with the time can really change the sound of a song.

  2. i liked the 2nd and third variation because it sounds very different from the one that we know and hear a lot. i also enjoyed those 2 because they had lots of notes- in the 2nd one the right hand had more notes to play than the left and vice versa.
    Thanks Lindsay.

    • In a way, all the variations are the same because they use the main melody of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. It’s great if you were able to hear that in all the different arrangements!

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