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Topic: Ah! Vous Dirai-je, Maman - Mozart's 12 Variations  (Read 5521 times)

Shagdac

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Ah! Vous Dirai-je, Maman - Mozart's 12 Variations
on: January 20, 2004, 06:18:59 AM
I heard this for the first time not long ago. At first I couldn't believe it sounded like "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"! I had never heard the 12 variations before and was really taken. It sounded so FUN!!! I obtained the music and am part way thru it. Just wondered if anyone had heard, played or ever used this as a performance/competition piece. If played at proper speed, it's not as easy as it looks. I don't think I've ever had so much "fun" playing a song. Anyone else familiar with this piece and 12 variations and enjoying it as much as I have?

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Re: Ah! Vous Dirai-je, Maman - Mozart's 12 Variati
Reply #1 on: January 20, 2004, 03:18:06 PM
i had heared

i had it in a book with 8 variations only
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Re: Ah! Vous Dirai-je, Maman - Mozart's 12 Variati
Reply #2 on: January 21, 2004, 10:42:44 PM
It is, by far, the most fun piece of music I have ever played!!  I stopped playing the piano for about 10 years and this song was my reason for working so hard for so long to get back into the swing of things.

It's a riot to play and even more fun to listen to!

Deirdre
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Re: Ah! Vous Dirai-je, Maman - Mozart's 12 Variati
Reply #3 on: January 21, 2004, 10:47:14 PM
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Re: Ah! Vous Dirai-je, Maman - Mozart's 12 Variati
Reply #4 on: February 15, 2004, 03:30:44 PM
J. C. F. Bach also wrote a set of 18 variations on Twinkle twinkle little star. It is named, like Mozart's "Variations on Ah vous dirais -je maman". It is slightly easier  and equally fun.
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Re: Ah! Vous Dirai-je, Maman - Mozart's 12 Variati
Reply #5 on: February 15, 2004, 04:06:20 PM
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Anyone else familiar with this piece and 12 variations and enjoying it as much as I have?


Yes!  I like using the ole Twinkle...variations for students studying for their grade five AMEB theory exam - they have to do a study on forms: Variations.  We analyse HOW they've been varied, and as an assignment they have to learn three variations.  

They are fun to play aren't they?

Which is your favourite variation?

Shagdac

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Re: Ah! Vous Dirai-je, Maman - Mozart's 12 Variati
Reply #6 on: February 16, 2004, 03:54:46 AM
I really enjoy it all...but my favorite variations are 3,5,7 11(the way it begins) and of course 12. Was wondering if anyone felt this was suitable to be played as a "competition" piece. It may not be that difficult, but certainly is a crowd pleaser. I've never played this for anyone that didn't like it.....but I guess that guy "Ed" must not.....he always gives frowning faces! ;)

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Re: Ah! Vous Dirai-je, Maman - Mozart's 12 Variati
Reply #7 on: February 16, 2004, 06:00:12 AM
I think Ed would prefer you called the variations 'pieces' rather than songs - but hey, if you sing along like I do, it is a song! :)

A 'make' or 'break' performance is often in the attitude of the performer.  If you can express this love, appreciation and excitement of this piece, really bring it to life, then I say 'Go for it!' as a competition entry.

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Re: Ah! Vous Dirai-je, Maman - Mozart's 12 Variati
Reply #8 on: February 16, 2004, 07:09:04 AM
I just started these variations not to long ago and noticed, as with his other works, one wrong note stands out like a sore thumb! My personal opinion is that these variations are part of Mozarts essential repertoire... we also can't leave out 331 variations! Happy variating...    I must be related to the president
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Re: Ah! Vous Dirai-je, Maman - Mozart's 12 Variati
Reply #9 on: February 16, 2004, 04:37:18 PM
learn it! it's a wonderful little work, it's so much fun learning and playing, it's incredible! it's not technically difficult, you'll have no problems, but it's wonderfully delicate and written with mozart's characteristical sense of humor. you'll enjoy every minute of it.

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Re: Ah! Vous Dirai-je, Maman - Mozart's 12 Variati
Reply #10 on: February 16, 2004, 08:10:12 PM
Hi guys,

Just disovered this site recently, very interesting!

Just wondering if anyone knows if there is anywhere on the net I could find the music to  Ah! Vous Dirai-je, Maman?

Cheers

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Reply #12 on: February 17, 2004, 02:10:58 PM
Yes i already loked on sheetmusicarchive, but there seems to be a problem just with this particultar piece.

Does anyone know of anywhere else I could find it?

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Re: Ah! Vous Dirai-je, Maman - Mozart's 12 Variati
Reply #13 on: February 18, 2004, 06:17:44 AM
you will find it at  www.music-scores.com
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