- Zofia Chechlińska
(b Warsaw, 1834; d Warsaw, Sept 29, 1861). Polish composer. An amateur, with no musical training, she is known chiefly for her Modlitwa dziewicy (‘The Maiden’s Prayer’). This piece, which won world-wide popularity, was originally published in Warsaw in 1856; later the music appeared as a supplement to the Revue et gazette musicale (Paris, 1859), entitled La prière d’une vierge, and was issued by more than 80 publishers in France, Germany, Italy, England, Australia and the USA. Arrangements were produced for piano (four or eight hands) and other instruments, and for voice. The Maiden’s Prayer is of no artistic merit, being a salon composition of a type common in the 19th century. Other works of a similar nature failed to repeat its success, although some of them gained some popularity: they include Seconde prière d’une vierge, Prière exaucée, ou Réponse à la prière d’une vierge, Wspomnienie chatki...