Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Arranged for guitar duo.

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Explanatory notes

It is one of the most famous English nursery rhymes. The original melody is from the 1761 French tune "Ah ! vous dirai-je, Maman". Today is better known with the English text "The Star" - a poem written by Jane Taylor (1783 - 1824).

My version of it is a score for guitar duo. The melody is played by the 2nd guitar and it is meant for the student. The 1st guitar should be played by the teacher or an advanced student. It is basically a counterpoint in a higher pitch.

For those who don't know the song lyrics (is it possible?), here is the most widely known verse:

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky!
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

Some classical composers used this song in their works. Maybe the most famous usage of it is Mozart's Variations on "Ah vous dirais-je, Maman".

This guitar duo version is a very simple one for it was written with the pedagogical goal of introducing the guitar beginner with melody playing, making it so an amusing way of using the C major scale in the first position of the fingerboard.

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