Twinkle Little Star reel

Also known as Brilha, Brilha Estrelinha, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, Whiskey Before Breakfast?.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Twinkle Little Star has been added to 1 tune set.

Twinkle Little Star has been added to 19 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Twinkle Little Star
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
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2
X: 2
T: Twinkle Little Star
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
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Five comments

Best recording of this tune

This is just the basic tune form for Twinkle Little Star. For those of you - esp. fiddlers - who want to take it further there are some amazing variations by Nollaig Casey on a cd by Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman called ‘Dialogues’ (Agallaimh) - see www.oldbridgemusic.com

The first two lines are similar to some versions of Whiskey Before Breakfast, but otherwise I don’t see it as an AKA.

I have not heard that recording, but from reading through the sheet music I think that that is the same "Twinkle Little Star" which is a very common tune in the U.S. You hear it at fiddle contests a lot. Players of a certain age (which I’m well on my way to becoming) favor it. It is not played as a reel here.

"Fiddler’s Companion" <http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/TWA_TZ.htm>;
says it dates back to the 1890’s as a schottische. It was recorded in the 1920’s that way, by Smith’s Garage Fiddle Band from Texas (and others).

Bob Wills recorded it with the Texas Playboys and swung it up quite a bit.

Nowadays in the U.S you hear it more in the Bob Wills style than as a schottische. Usually played in G. ABC’s of a common version can be found at Fiddler’s Companion (see the URL above).

I can post links to sample recordings of both of the aforementioned ways of playing the tune. The samples are on commercial sites (like barnesandnoble.com) and I’m new to here so I don’t know if that is considered ok. Is it?

PS I’m new here. Hello, everybody.

Bo_in_VA
(VA is Virginia)

Version with the poem.

This is a version of this tune with the poem "Little Star", by Jane Taylor, this song is a Nursery Rhyme very famous in so many countrys, like in Brazil, with other lyric, but the same melody. Here it is known by "Meu Lanchinho" and we call this rhythm of "Cantiga".

X: 1
T: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
O: England
C: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart/Jane Taylor
M: 4/4
R: Nursery Rhyme
K: C
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w:Twi-nkle, twin-kle li-llte star, How I won-der what you are.
G2G2F2F2|E2E2D4|G2G2F2F2|E2E2D4|
w:Up abo-ve the world so high, Like a dia-mond in the sky!
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w:Twin-kle, twin-kle, li-ttle star, How I won-der what you are!

W:Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
W:How I wonder what you are!
W:Up above the world so high,
W:Like a diamond in the sky!

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

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

W:In the dark blue sky you keep,
W:And often through my curtains peep,
W:For you never shut your eye,
W:Till the sun is in the sky.

W:As your bright and tiny spark,
W:Lights the traveller in the dark,—
W:Though I know not what you are,
W:Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

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