Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
12 Variations on "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" (Ah, vous dirai-je, maman)
in C Major, K. 265

Mozart's brilliant take on the world's most well-known children's song. Note that Mozart didn't compose the theme, it's the melody of a French folk song that was already popular when Mozart decided to perform his magic on it.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Variations:

12 Variations on "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" (Ah, vous dirai-je, maman)
K. 265

Key: C Major
Year: 1778
Level: 7
Period: Classical
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Background

Every child has heard “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” Whether it’s part of their elementary song book, their parents teach it to them, or they hear it from their friends, the song is as much a part of children’s lives as losing teeth. Contrary to popular opinion, 4-year-old Mozart did not compose the original song. It’s a French song that Mozart turned into this wonderful set of variations in 1782 when he was 25 years old, in order to use during lessons with his students. For some reason, Mozart didn’t publish the piece until three years later. The variations are generally cheerful and robust, and pianists generally have a blast playing them.


Forum posts about this piece:

Ah! vous dirais-je maman Variations, by Mozart by dinulip
How would you suggest a student to work the trills in the last variation of Ah! vous dirais-je maman?...

Is developing fingering an important skill? by pianoman2
Hi pianostreet. Currently I am learning Var. 1 of Mozart's Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Variations for fun. The fingerings are not inclu...

Mozar's "Ah, vous dirais-je, Maman" by bilgekaana
Hi , I have been playing piano for 7-8 months. Do you think I can pull of this piece. It seems nice and I think it would improve my technic ...

Hard to play both hands simultaneously :C by nocturne518
Hi, I know this is a common issue for beginners but is there any exercise that you can suggest in order to practice playing both of my hands...

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More or less, I have been studying piano for a month and a half. But before that, I already listen to classical music and accidentally, I he...

downloadable Mozart variations on Twinkle with fingering by timothy42b
Is there a downloadable version out there with fingerings?  I have one version but with no fingerings, and I'm struggling. Failin...

Mozart "Twinkle, twinkle" variations, fingering question by oller
What is the best fingering in LH in variation 2, first bar and similar places. I have tried 51212121 and also 51321231. I am not yet up to s...

the last variation of Ah, vous dirai-je by phil39
my question is simply, 'how one earth is the left hand played evenly and without tension??'  I've heard all the correct ...

Trills in Mozart's K.265 Variations "Ah vous dirai-je maman" by guermantes
Hi there ! I'm beginning to work on K.265 and would like to know if someone could tell me how to interpret the trills in Var. XII. The...

Ah, vous dirai-je maman! by baroque
Hello! This is my first post here, but I have been reading the forum for a long time. Here is my background: I have played for about 6 mont...

Fast but easy pieces, please recommend by ShiroKuro
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Member's recordings of piece:

Mozart - Ah! Vous dirai je maman, 12 Variations by ai1888
Just me struggling with this piece. My problems were to keep a steady tempo, and to achieve speeds that most pianists do. www.youtube.com/...


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12 Variations on Twinkle, twinkle (Ah, vous dirai-je, maman) K. 265 in C Major (published in 1778) from Variations by Wolfgang Amadéus Mozart - piano sheet music to download and print instantly.
12 Variations on "Twinkle, twinkle" (Ah, vous dirai-je, maman) in C Major - K. 265 is a piano piece by the classical composer Wolfgang Amadéus Mozart who lived between the years 1756 and 1791.
The composition was first published in 1778 and is included in Variations by Mozart.