Mozart : Variations on Ah vous dirai je maman (Aranged for Brass quintet)
Product Code : Mozart_07
Twelve Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman" (K. 265/300e) was composed for piano 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, such as "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star", "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" and the "Alphabet Song". The original work consists of 13 sections the first section being the theme the other sections are Variations I to XII. For a time, it was thought that these Variations were composed in 1778, while Mozart stayed in Paris from April to September in that year, the assumption being that the melody of a French song could only have been picked up by Mozart while residing in France. For this presumed composition date, the composition was renumbered from K. 265 to K. 300e in the chronological catalogue of Mozart's compositions. Later analysis of Mozart's manuscript of the composition indicates 1781/1782 as the probable composition date. In our arrangement, we have chosen to include only the theme and 5 of the variations, Var I, III, V, VII and XII We would class this as of intermediate difficulty due to the fairly quick semiquaver runs, but we have tried to make this arrangement as enjoyable and as playable as possible.
In most cases, this is the arrangment being played back using the Sibelius video export facility, but in some cases this is an actual performance by groups commissioned by Undiscovered Brass to actually perform the arrangment.
Variations on Ah vous dirai je maman (Aranged for Brass quintet)