Although episode 3 of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso has none of the grand performances of the previous episode, it does feature a serendipitous moment that uses a piece from one of my favorite musical conventions: the theme and variations. What typically happens in a theme and variations is that the composer starts the audience off with a theme to serve as the melodic foundation. The composer then plumbs the depths for musical adornments and alterations that together, create a riveting, imaginative affair.
So on this day, after the violin competition, Kousei and Kaori find themselves in a small pastry shop. As the two settle in, they notice a girl playing a familiar French tune from the patisserie’s piano: “Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman,” or, for the rest of us, the melody to “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” (among other things). Kaori immediately recognizes that it’s not just any old version of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” but Mozart’s rendition of it. [Read more…]