My edition of the Oxford Concise Dictionary of Music refers to this as the most tasteless music ever published, but it was one of the most popular pieces of all time. It was written by an 18 year old Polish girl, who died a few years later, possibly from terminal embarrassment. Composed in about 1856. I bought the sheet music about 1951 or so. Until yesterday, the last time I had played it was 1979, by request.
It has such a horrid reputation that I thought it might be interesting. So here is a link to my mp3, done yesterday. Thanks to David Benning for the space. It will disappear after 7 April.
Thanks for posting this pointless, sentimental and (as you point out) tasteless creampuff. 3 minutes and 24 seconds of my life have been wasted and worse, I'll have that rediculous tune running through my head, LOL.
Seriously, it's interesting to see just what sort of "art" will grab the masses.
Im sorry folks but I don't buy the "tasteless" tag unfairly put to this piece. It was written in the 19th Century by an otherwise unknown composer - so why hasn't it sunk without trace? Because in its day it became one of the most popular pieces ever written, and it wasn't popular because it was held up as an example of bad taste, but because the simple tune and its variations had undoubtedly mass appeal. No its not a masterpiece, but it is still in the record catalogues today - so obviously I'm not out on a complete limb!