The Star

Published by Roger Dean Publishing Company     
Part of the Janet Galvŕn Choral Series
Catalog # 15/

W. A. Mozart/arr. Paul Carey
Secular text in English by Jane Taylor
Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
Duration 2:30

Premiered by the North Carolina MEA Elementary Honors Chorus,
directed by Sandra Snow, Nov, 2010

I came upon this sly parody of the text of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and thought it would be cool to make a fun, easy, singable version of the piece. Most of the piano part is lifted straight from Herr Mozart's Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman piano varitaions (see below). After singing the hepped up astronomy version's three verses the choir then sings the Twinkle verse we all know-- as if the choir and audience can now relax a bit and come back to terra firma- er, sorry, familiar earth!

The Star, now commonly known as Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, by Jane Taylor, was first published in 1806 in Rhymes for the Nursery, a collection of poems and melodies by Taylor and her sister Ann.  Taylor coupled her poem with the 18th century French melody "Ah ! vous dirai-je, Maman",  a song about love, not a little star. Mozart's Variations on “Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman”, originally thought to have been composed in 1778 while Mozart stayed in Paris half of that year, now are believed to have been composed in 1781 or 1782, as reflected in the Kochel catalog listings as K. 265.

The poem, which actually has five verses, has been parodied often, most notably by Lewis Carroll (Twinkle, twinkle little bat, how I wonder what you’re at…). The text used here was probably written by an unemployed astronomer or etymologist with too much spare time!



Scintillate, scintillate, globule orific,                    
Fain would I fathom thy nature's specific.         
Loftily poised in ether capacious,                                      
Strongly resembling a gem carbonaceous. 
Scintillate, scintillate, globule orific,
Fain would I fathom thy nature's specific.    


When torrid Phoebus refuses his presence,       
And ceases to lamp with fierce incandescence.  
Then you illumine the regions supernal,              
Scintillate, scintillate, semper nocturnal. 
Scintillate, scintillate, etc.         

Then the victim of hospiceless peregrination,      
Gratefully hails your minute coruscation.
He could not determine his journey's direction,   
But for your bright scintillating protection.    
Scintillate, scintillate, etc.    

     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.       

     When the blazing sun is gone,
     When he nothing shines upon.
     Then you show yoru little light,            
     Twinkle, twinkle all the night.
     Twinkle, twinkle. etc.

Then the traveller in the dark,
Thanks you for your tiny spark.
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.
Twinkle, Twinkle, etc.



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