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Is the song "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" common in multiple cultures?

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"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," is fast becoming common in cultures around the world as of 2015; Japanese and Chinese translations exist. The melody, which is older than the song, is a French children's folk song melody, "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman," and is identical to the melody of "The Alphabet Song."

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Poet and novelist Jane Taylor wrote the original poem, which first appeared with music in 1838. In 1782, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed a collection of theme-and-variations on the original melody whose corresponding lyrics roughly translate as, "Oh, Mama, I say to you."

Other variations of the melody form the basis of Christmas songs in Hungary, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain.

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