Bądarzewska married Jan Baranowski at a very young age. They had five children in their nine-year marriage. She died at the age of 27 and is buried in the Powązki cemetery . The "Bądarzewska" crater on the planet Venus is named after her.
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She wrote a total of around 35 salon pieces for piano, of which “The Prayer of a Virgin” (“Modlitwa dziewicy”, “La prière d'une vierge”, Op. 3) became extremely popular, which on the one hand was due to its catchy melodic-harmonic course, but on the other hand is explainable because of its trivial title. As a counterpart to the prayer , Bądarzewska wrote the similarly structured answered prayer ("Prière exaucée").
Reception of a virgin's prayer
In its day, The Virgin's Prayer (first published in Warsaw in 1856) was possibly the most successful piano piece of all to date . It was reissued several times, including in Germany, England and France. At the end of the 19th century it was adapted for many different occupations.
In one of his early poems, Erich Kästner parodied the prayer of a virgin as the prayer of no virgin . Kurt Weill used the piece in the first act of his opera " Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny " as an example of the ironic exclamation: "This is eternal art!"
- Helmut Zeraschi : Musical purrs and snippets . New Music , Berlin (East) 1977, ISBN 978-0-00-555676-4 , "Thekla, the successfully praying virgin", p. 16-25 .
- Sheet music and audio files by Tekla Bądarzewska in the International Music Score Library Project
- Website (polish)
- Virgin's prayer, on YouTube
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Tekla Bądarzewska-Baranowska, Thekla Badarczewska|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Polish musician|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1834|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Mława|
|DATE OF DEATH||September 29, 1861|
|Place of death||Warsaw|