“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” existed first as a poem. Written by Jane Taylor and first published in 1806, it was titled simply “The Star.” It was not until 1838 that “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” appeared in print as a song, in a collection called The Singing Master: First Class Tune Book, paired with the tune we all know. (“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twinkle,_Twinkle,_Little_Star)
This Sunday morning, we invite you to hear “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” as you have never heard it before, as played by “Cateen,” aka the young Japanese pianist Hayato Sumino. Please enjoy “7 Levels of ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,’” and to be transported from the familiar to the marvelous: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2f6Mi7I5lY.
If you would like to spend additional time this Sunday enjoying Hayato Sumino’s artistry on the piano, his YouTube Channel is here: https://www.youtube.com/user/chopin8810. You can learn more about him at his website: https://hayatosum.com/biography. (Viewing the text in English is an option if your Japanese is zettai damé.)
In closing, we offer Jane Taylor’s poem in full. In this world where we navigate a pandemic together-apart, we may find ourselves identifying with Taylor’s “trav’ller in the dark,” with our way lighted by a little star and tiny sparks, brightened hope, and faith that better times lie ahead.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.
Then the trav’ller 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 thro’ my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky.
‘Tis your bright and tiny spark,
Lights the trav’ller in the dark,
Tho’ I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
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