The melody was hugely popular and was published repeatedly, although Wallerstein's name as composer often does not appear. In America the name of Allen Dodworth, a dancing master and a member of "Dodworth's famous Cornet Band" is sometimes attached to the melody, but can be credited as an arranger only.
The popular melody, with its memorable opening bars, entered a number of English-speaking folk traditions, although in America the melody usually appears in two parts rather than the multiple parts that were originally printed. Jenny Lind toured Europe during 1844–48 to much popular acclaim, and took London, then Dublin by storm in 1847 and 1848. P.T. Barnum promoted an American tour of the by then world-famous singer in 1851–52, and she played a 150 concerts at $1,000 a performance.
She earned enough so that upon her return to Europe she retired from professional performing and became a philanthropist and singing teacher. She eventually settled in Malvern, Worcestershire, England, where she died and is buried.
Lind's fame coincided with the rise in popularity of the polka, although she and the form were not directly related except by this famous piece, dedicated to her.
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