Yradier: Sebastian. Sheet Music and Biography

By | June 29, 2021

Yradier Sheet Music

Black & White Photograph of Sebastian Yradier (Iradier)
20 Jan 1809 – 6 Dec 1865

Sebastia Iradier (born Yradier on 20 January 1809) is one of very few Basque composers. His habana ‘La Paloma’ is possibly one of the most popular Spanish songs of all time and his most popular piece.

If you aren’t familiar with the name you will definitely know the song once you’ve listened to it.

It has been said that ‘La Paloma’ along with ‘Yesterday’ by The Beatles is one of the most recorded songs in music history.

You can view our Yradier sheet music collection on music-scores and we have many arrangements of La Paloma for you to try.


Not a huge amount is written on Yradier and his life. However, his career began in 1827 when he became an organist at the church of San Juan in Salvatierra (Agurain), after winning a competition. He remained there until 1833.

Between 1839 and 1851 he became an Instructor at the Madrid Conservatory

A French publisher encouraged Iradier to change his name to Yradier to make him more Internationally acceptable.

Using Madrid and Paris as his base Yradier travelled quite extensively reaching as far as Cuba. It was here that he came upon habanera (genre of Cuban popular dance music of the 19th century). This inspired him to write the famous ‘La Paloma’.

Georges Bizet adapted one of Yradier’s songs ‘El arreglito’ in his opera Carmen. Believing it was a folk song he renamed it ‘L’amour est un oiseau rebelle’. It also became known as ‘Habanera‘. When he discovered Yradier was the source of the song he made the necessary revisions.

Yradier died on 6 December 1865 at the age of fifty six.

Yradier Sheet Music Downloads and Further Reading

On music-scores.com we have nearly twenty arrangements of Yradier’s music including various instrumental versions of Yradier’s La Paloma all in PDF Format.

For further reading on this composer why not take a look at Wikipedia.

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