Mozart and Twinkle


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I’m doing a study right now on the history and political meaning behind nursery rhymes and fairy tales, so it was a quick connection to go do a little research on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.  I went first to Wikipedia, and learned that the poem dates back to 1806 and was written for a collection of children’s poetry by Jane and Ann Taylor in their book Rhymes for the Nursery. 

The melody goes back even further, to  1761.  It has been arranged by several composers, the most notable being Mozart, who wrote twelve variations on the little melody.

And here is the complete poem, because I know you’ve always wanted to know the rest of the story:

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

Then the traveller in the dark
Thanks you for your tiny sparks;
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.

In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye
Till the sun is in the sky.

As your bright and tiny spark
Lights the traveller in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

So.  I’ve learned something new already, and it’s only 8:14 a.m. 🙂


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