Free Sheet Music | Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) for Piano – 3 Levels
September 6, 2008
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791) was a prolific and influential Austrian composer of the Classical era. His more than 600 compositions include works widely acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music, and he is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers.
Mozart was born in Salzburg into a musical family and showed indications of prodigious abilities at a very young age. When he was five years old, he could both read and write music and had precocious skills as a keyboard and violin player. Much of his childhood and adolescence was taken up with tours, which included performances before many of the royal courts of Europe. In 1773, aged 17, he accepted a post as a court musician in Salzburg, but was unhappy with his low pay and limited opportunities. Over the next eight years, he frequently traveled in search of a better position and composed abundantly. This situation continued until his dismissal from Salzburg in 1781 by his employer, the Prince-Archbishop, and his subsequent departure for Vienna.
History of “Variations on “Ah vous dirai-je, Maman”
Twelve Variations on “Ah vous dirai-je, Maman”, K. 265/300e, is a piano composition by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composed when he was around 25 years old (1781 or 1782). This piece consists of twelve variations on the French folk song Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman. The French melody first appeared in 1761, and has been used for many children’s songs, among which Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, whose words first appeared in 1806.
Free Printable Sheet Music
Here are three versions of this popular piano solo. The first is a simple statement of the theme that’s great for the first year piano student. It would be a way for piano teachers to share the excitement of the original with their students. The second is a simplified version stating the theme and two variations, and is best for advanced high school students and above. The third is the original score as Mozart wrote it. Enjoy!
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star for Piano Solo/Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman Theme
Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) for Piano Solo/Level 5
Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) for Piano Solo/Original Score