OR, Why we sing “Twinkle, Twinkle”, “ABC”, and “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep” the way we do.
An observation for the theme and each variation.
THEMA: Not good to play in public. With the exception of a couple of extra notes and a trill, it sounds just like a certain nursery rhyme.
VAR I: The right hand has a seizure and just about loses the tune.
VAR II: Now the left hand goes crazy while my right hand sings about the stars.
VAR III: Mozart teaches us how to play arpeggios and trills in the right hand.
VAR IV: Now we practice the arpeggios in the left hand.
VAR V: Very pretty for about four bars. Luckily it recovers after another four bars.
VAR VI: An oversized bee flies to the twinkling stars. It briefly overwhelms the stars for a bit in the middle, but then the stars make a comeback.
VAR VII: This is the one where Mozart teaches us how to play scales in the right hand. He adds in a few awkward intervals for good measure.
VAR VIII: Mozart has a cry. Or, it’s fashionable to change into the tonic minor at least once in the piece.
VAR IX: Light and airy at first but very mad towards the end of each phrase.
VAR X: In which the right hand stims and the left hand fills in for the tune at times.
VAR XI: An exercise in the most awkward rhythm to play, with runs consisting entirely of leaning notes.
VAR XII: Turns and trills in left and right. OR, the oversized bee returns with a friend.
If you want to hear (and see) what I’m on about, here is a good clip on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO-ecxHEPqI.