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Sebastián Iradier Salaverri (Salaberri) (20 January 1809 – 6 December 1865), or Sebastián Yradier, was a Spanish Basque composer.

Iradier was born in Lanciego, in the province of Álava. His publisher in Paris urged him to "universalize" his name, from Iradier to Yradier.

He is known primarily for his habaneras, especially the one titled "La Paloma", written around 1860 after a visit to Cuba. "La Paloma" was extremely popular in both Spain and the Americas (especially Mexico), where it was responsible for the great popularity achieved by the habanera. The UNAM Radio (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) has pointed out that there are more than one thousand versions of "La Paloma", and that, together with "Yesterday" by The Beatles, it is one of the most recorded songs in the history of music.

Another of Iradier's compositions is "El Arreglito", a habanera used by Georges Bizet in his opera Carmen. Bizet, thinking it was a folk song, was inspired by the melody, and recomposed it as the aria "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle", also known as the "Habanera". When he discovered his mistake, Bizet added a note to the vocal score of the opera, acknowledging its source.

Iradier died in obscurity in 1865.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Zwischen Tag und Traum, Volume 8 Various Artists 1
1993 Konzertzithermusik CH Various Artists 1
1998 Leyenda Karin Schaupp 1
2003 Recuerdos de la Alhambra: Spanische Gitarrenmusik Pepe Romero, Los Romeros 1
2007 Best of Gitarre Various Artists 1
2016 Arias Pumeza Matshikiza 1
Guitar Music of Spain and Latin America (Elias Barreiro) Various Artists 1
한국인이 사랑하는 피아노 명곡선 Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Music for the Millions; Fischer Chöre Fischer Chöre 1
1990 Bel Canto Beniamino Gigli 1
1992 Musique au volant - Conduite en embouteillage Various Artists 1
1994 Spanish Nights Pepe Romero 1
1998 Centenary Edition 1897-1997 Various Artists 1
2010 Meister Singer Various Artists 1

Other

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Special, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
The Classical Piano Various Artists 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Guitare Various Artists 1

Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Suuri Tango konsertti Various Artists 1

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