Sheet Music: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

TitleTwinkle Twinkle Little Star
Alternate titlesAh! vous dirais-je, Maman
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
ComposerTraditional
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyC major
RangeC5–A5
Time signature4/4
Tempo100 BPM
Performance time0:30
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2009-04-10
Last updated2009-04-10
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Categories
Lullabies, Nursery rhymes, Traditional/Folk

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Friday 10 April 2009

Tune of the Day: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

aka “Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman”

Among the most popular English nursery rhymes, “Twinkle Twinkle” combines the tune of the 1761 French melody “Ah! Vous dirai-je, Maman” (“Ah! I shall tell you, mum”) with an English poem, “The Star” by Jane Taylor. Many other songs in various languages have been based on the same melody, notably the “Alphabet Song” and “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep”.

Many think that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was the original composer of this melody, a misconception reinforced by its appearance as a “correct answer” in the original edition of Trivial Pursuit. However, what Mozart actually did is writing twelve variations for piano on a preexisting melody.

This melody presents no particular difficulties, and is completely contained within the second register of the flute. Just be careful to take a regular breath every two measures.