Tekla Badarzewska Pologne Tekla Badarzewska-Baranowska (1834-September 29, 1861) was a Polish woman composer.
She became world-famous for her piece Modlitwa dziewicy, or A Maiden's Prayer which was composed in 1856 and first published as a supplement to the Paris Revue et Gazette Musicale in 1859.
Possibly one of the biggest selling pieces of piano music of all time, the piece, which is still recorded, is a medium difficulty short piano piece for intermediate pianists. Some have liked it for its charming and romantic melody: others have described it as 'sentimental salon tosh'. Arthur Loesser described it as ?this dowdy product of ineptitude?.
Garbage collection trucks in Tainan, Taiwan broadcast 'The Maiden's Prayer' over roof-mounted loudspeakers to announce their presence to the local residents.
The English language lyrics were written by John Stowell Adams.