Sheet Music: A Maiden's Prayer

TitleA Maiden's Prayer
Alternate titlesLa prière d'une vierge
Das Gebet einer Jungfrau
Modlitwa dziewicy
Opus numberOp. 4
ComposerTekla Bądarzewska-Baranowska (1834–1861)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyE-flat major
Time signature4/4
Tempo84 BPM
Performance time3:40
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2011-09-28
Last updated2011-09-28
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Wednesday 28 September 2011

Tune of the Day: A Maiden's Prayer

An extremely popular piano piece, arranged for flute and piano

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!