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The Secrets of Mozart's Variations "Ah, vous dirai-je maman," also known as "Twinkle Twinkle Little

Some of you wondered in the comments on the live performance of Mozart's variations "Ah, vous dirai-je maman" (available here) about who wrote the tune known as "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star", the "Alphabet Song" and "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep." Was it Mozart? Who made the song famous? What is it about anyway? In this final Bach@Home episode of the Summer pianist Magdalena Baczewska explains the origins of the melody and how Mozart, 25 years old around the time of writing the piece, may have come to know it. You will learn about how the variation cycle is constructed, and what makes this one stand out among other variation cycles written around the same time. Magdalena demonstr

ates at the piano all the twists and turns that make the music so exciting and timeless. As always, the video is created for those who are just starting to explore the inner workings of the classical variation form. No advanced knowledge of music theory or terminology are required. Comment and ask questions below! Listen to Magdalena's performance of the Variations from her Mozart album here.

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