Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star + bonus song





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Uploaded on Sep 13, 2010

This is a MIDI file that I created myself. It is an arrangement of "Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star".
Music: Traditional
Lyrics (not present here): Jane Taylor (1806, England)

The music is from a French melody known as "Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman", which was published as early as 1761.

I start out with the Dulcimer playing a left hand pattern. This piano riff is actually what inspired me to create this MIDI file. Throughout the whole piece, the drumset stays on the hi-hat, rimshot snare drum, and bass drum. Nothing fancy there. An Acoustic Bass also underscores the entire piece, repeating its part four times.

The first verse is played on the Vibraphone, plain and simple, while the Dulcimer attempts to continue its pattern. (This isn't that easy because the chords change before its full measure length.)

For the second verse, the Dulcimer drops out and the Pan Flute plays the first variation. This consists of broken chords and many skips. The first few notes are "C-E-G-C-G-C-E-G-A-C-F-A-G-C-E-G-F-A-C-F-E-G-C-E-D-G-B-D-C..."

The second verse is played on "Electric Piano 2". This variation is done using white key steps as much as possible, letting the notes glide with a bit of legato. The pattern here is "C-B-C-E-G-F-E-G-A-G-F-A-G-F-E-G-F-E-D-F-E-D-C-E-D-C-B-D-C..." The Vibraphone comes back in playing two-note chords/harmonies. (I guess you have to have three notes for it to be a chord.)

Then all four (or six, if you count the backup) tracks play together. After this is a little bonus song that I threw in just because the Vibraphone and Acoustic Bass seemed to fit with that melody. If I play the second song on the piano, that's exactly how I'll play it: A. Bass is left hand, Vibraphone is right hand.

Here are the first four verses from Wikipedia:
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 your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

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.

In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky.
(There are five verses total.)

MIDI Downloads:
As it appears here: http://www.mediafire.com/?472okke6ine...
Without drums: http://www.mediafire.com/?11q199u61er...
First song only: http://www.mediafire.com/?qkxhd3b3x4n...
Second song only: http://www.mediafire.com/?318i2ny72xw...

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