Tune of the Day: Hearts and Flowers
This song, originally published in 1893, was composed by Theodore Moses-Tobani. Its melody was taken from the introductory 2/4 section of the Wintermärchen Waltzes, Op. 366 (1891) by Hungarian composer Alphons Czibulka.
The song as a vocal number was soon forgotten, but the piece it was founded upon, re-arranged as a short instrumental, gained popularity in its own right, and it is in this form that the melody remains well known to this day. The instrumental violin version has in the collective popular imagination come to symbolize all that is melodramatic, sentimental or mock-tragic.
Thanks to Roger for suggesting this tune!