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Mozart: 12 Variations on "Twinkle, twinkle" (Ah, vous dirai-je, maman) K. 265 in C Major

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Wolfgang Amadéus Mozart - Variations :
12 Variations on "Twinkle, twinkle" (Ah, vous dirai-je, maman), K. 265
12 Variations on
Key: C Major Year: 1778
Level: 7 Period: Classical
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xx Mozart - Ah! Vous dirai je maman, 12 Variations
November 05, 2013, 06:51:18 PM by ai1888

Just me struggling with this piece. My problems were to keep a steady tempo, and to achieve speeds that most pianists do.


xx Twinkle twinkle variation by Mozart!Help!
December 05, 2008, 01:38:46 PM by mr_skyflakes21

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 heard of Ah vous diraije maman. This is the name of twinkle twinkle start 12 variations by Mozart. Most of you would know it. It has a main theme which is when you heard, sounds easy, but when the variation of the theme already comes, its pretty hard. I think for me. After listening to it for a long time, as a part of my night music, I already memorize the tune, and when i started playing piano, I tried playing it by ear. My new teacher was flattered, she said, "You're already learning that piece huh." I answered, "No maam I just learned it by ear."She was quite amazed. In our later lessons, she said what if I play it for the recital this summer,..I was quite awkward because the song is very difficult(for me). Can anyone give me some possible techniques I may aquire per variation? Its quite tricky..HAHAHAHA...Help...My left hand is weak...specially on the 2nd variation.

xx downloadable Mozart variations on Twinkle with fingering
July 05, 2008, 10:53:59 AM by timothy42b

Is there a downloadable version out there with fingerings?  I have one version but with no fingerings, and I'm struggling.

Failing finding it for free, what edition would you recommend I buy? 


xx Mozart "Twinkle, twinkle" variations, fingering question
September 12, 2007, 07:27:05 PM 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 speed and maybe what seems best at low speed is not the best at high speed?

xx the last variation of Ah, vous dirai-je
April 05, 2007, 12:24:55 AM by phil39

my question is simply, 'how one earth is the left hand played evenly and without tension??'  I've heard all the correct stuff on technique but it doesn't seem to work. It beats me how you can handle a stream of fast notes like this without seizing up in the forearm. surely there's no getting away from the fact your fingers have to work damn hard!  do you rest your left arm with full weight on the keys? do you use a light finger staccato action? don't you have to keep the left hand volume down for a nice texture? if you let the arm 'rest' too much surely the sound would drown out the right?

xx Trills in Mozart's K.265 Variations "Ah vous dirai-je maman"
September 16, 2006, 04:47:18 PM 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. They are all in the right hand. The end to each trill is written out (two thirty-second notes). How many notes for the body of the trill and do you start on the printed note or on the note above ?
Any help gratefully received !
Thanks in advance

xx Ah, vous dirai-je maman!
December 13, 2005, 12:58:57 AM by baroque


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 months, essentially Bach (Ann Magdalena, little preludes, etc), some Burgmuller and some of Schuman's Album for the young.

I heard that Ah, vous dirai-je maman is 1. a technically useful piece ; 2. that variations are ordered in progressive order of difficulty.
So my question is: would these be too hard for me to tackle. I thought it would be useful to learn one variation each week, which would make me progress little by little. Does this sound like a good plan? I know the first variation is supposed to be easy, but how about the rest? And is it true that they are in progressive order of difficulty?

Thank you!

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