Variations on "Ah! Vous-dirai-je, Maman"

"Twinkle, twinkle, little star" variations for orchestra

W.A. Mozart
Nicholas Hersh
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An orchestration of the famous Mozart piano variations on the tune we have come to call "Twinkle, Twinkle." It was commissioned to be part of a children's concert as an introduction to the various instruments of the orchestra; thus, each variation features a different solo or section, but it also eliminates some variations from the piano set for the sake of concision (and keeping the attention of an audience of children). In its premiere by the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in December 2011 a narrator introduced each new variation and the involved instruments, sometimes pausing between variations and other times proceeding attacca. The kids loved it!

Score ID
W.A. Mozart
Year of composition
Nicholas Hersh
Year of arrangement
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
6 minutes
Classical music

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