Twinkle Twinkle

Side member Tina Brown wrote this dance because it was then thought that no processional dance had been recorded from Ilmington. In fact there was an informal processional used by the Ilmington dancers at some stage to the tune 'Flowers of May' (similar to Winster Processional). Eight dancers normally perform Twinkle. The traditional tune used was in fact not associated with the nursery rhyme until 1860; it is a very old tune known in several European countries. In Germany it is called 'Morgen kommt Weihnachtsman' and is associated with Christmas, in France it is called 'Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman!'. It was also known in Italy, where the composer Gaetano Pugnani (1731 - 1798) used it in his Violin Sonata in E. Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732 - 1795), son of the great J S Bach, wrote a set of variations on this tune, (as also did Mozart) however the variations played by the England's Glory musicians today were (allegedly) composed by Stewart Watts. 'Good King Wenceslas' is used at Christmas time.

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