Tune of the Day: A Maiden's Prayer
This famous composition was written in 1856 by Polish composer Tekla Bądarzewska-Baranowska. Many have liked it for its charming and romantic melody, while others have described it as “sentimental salon tosh”. The pianist and academic Arthur Loesser even went as far as describing it as a “dowdy product of ineptitude”.
In 1935, the American musician Bob Wills arranged the piece in the Western swing style and wrote lyrics for it, publishing it as “Maiden's Prayer”; it soon became a standard, recorded by many artists.
Today “A Maiden's Prayer” is very popular in East Asia. In Taiwan, it is even played by garbage trucks!
Thanks to Sunny for suggesting this piece!