Sebastián Yradier

Sebastián Yradier Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    20th January 1809
  • Died
    6th December 1865
  • Birthplace
    Lanciego, Spain

Sebastián Iradier Salaverri was a Spanish composer, born in Lanciego, in the province of Álava. At the request of his publisher he used the surname Yradier instead of Iradier. He helped popularize the habanera genre, particuarly with the one titled "La Paloma", written around 1860 after a visit to Cuba. A collection of 25 of Iradier's most popular songs was published in Paris in 1864, with French words, as Fleurs d'Espagne. Another of Iradier's compositions is "El Arreglito", a habanera used by Georges Bizet in his opera Carmen as a source of inspiration. Bizet, thinking it was a folk song, was inspired by the melody of "El Arreglito" and recomposed what is known today as the "Habanera" from Carmen: the aria "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" which is very close, melodically, to "El Arreglito". When he discovered his mistake, Bizet added a note to the vocal score of the opera, acknowledging its source.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Chansons Espagnoles Compilation Voice(s) and Piano
El arreglito Piece Solo Instrument and Piano
Jota de los toreros Piece Voice(s) and Piano
La jaca de Terciopelo Piece Solo Instrument and Piano
La Juanita Piece Voice(s) and Piano
Lola Piece Voice(s) and Piano
La paloma Serenade / Divertimento / Cassation Voice(s) and Piano