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08-17-2005, 04:29 PM
i hope you all remember twinkle twinkle little star....does anyone know about it copywrites? is rime free to use it.

08-17-2005, 04:45 PM
First published in 1806, by Jane & Ann Taylor.

That's got to be public domain by now. :)

Someone else did the music... not sure about that.

08-17-2005, 04:54 PM
i just wanted to use the text anyway, i have someone to do the singing

08-17-2005, 04:55 PM
The melody is shared by a few songs... the alphabet song (a b c d...). Not sure about the copyright.

08-17-2005, 05:11 PM
how can i find out then?

08-17-2005, 05:19 PM
Zen is right. It is a poem (that I believe is in the public domain) that was set to music later. Looks like you have a little research to do.

08-18-2005, 12:54 AM
The music was written by Mozart.

08-18-2005, 01:17 AM
Mozart? I would never have guessed that.

Then the melody is public domain, as well. :)

08-18-2005, 01:53 AM
I believe the actual music is W.A. Mozart...from eine kleine nacht musik. ( a little night music )

08-18-2005, 11:26 AM
God bless google:

"A Frenchman name Bouin came up with the original tune, which appeared in 1761. The poem "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" was published in 1806, in a book called "Rhymes for the Nursery". It was called "The Star" and written by Jane Taylor, a British children's poet, with her sister, Ann. The music and the poem were finally printed together in 1881 in "The Franklin Square Song collection".

The Neue Mozart Ausgabe calls the theme Mozart used anonymous, first appearing in Paris in 1761, and becoming one of the most liked after 1770 there. William Glock in the "Compleat Mozart" stated the theme was a popular French air entitled "Les amours de Silvandre" (Silvandre's loves)."

So public domain it is.

08-19-2005, 04:55 AM
thanks guys, this has really been helpful. i tried searching goggle for this too, but didn't have any luck. maybe i was looking wrong. just for my reference do you still have the web link?

08-19-2005, 10:20 AM
I believe the actual music is W.A. Mozart...from eine kleine nacht musik. ( a little night music )
...somehow I don't think Mozart will be looking for royalties :D

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