A: Could you turn the TV down a bit, otherwise I won’t be able to hear the garbage truck.
B: OK. You know, when I came to Taiwan, one thing that I thought was the most interesting, or perhaps the most strange, was that the Maiden’s Prayer was used as the music for the garbage truck. After that, I didn’t dare play that tune on the piano. I was afraid people would throw garbage over me.
A: You crack me up. Apparently, in the past, some garbage trucks would play Beethoven’s Fur Elise.
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B: The Maiden’s Prayer was written by a young Polish female composer in the 19th century. I’m really curious why this song was chosen for the garbage truck.
A: The story goes that, at the time, an official responsible for these things heard his daughter practicing this song, thought it sounded nice, and decided to use it.
(Translated by Paul Cooper, Taipei Times／台北時報林俐凱 )
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