The Song “La Paloma”
Posted on: October 13, 2012. Comments ( 2 )

Author: ‘Bale’ Sampat, a Chartered Accountant and a Carnatic Musician.

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The song “La Paloma”, perhaps, is the first international melody which had universal appeal all over the world.  La Paloma was composed by Sebastian Iradier (1809-1865) around 1863 after his visit to Cuba. La Paloma became very popular in Mexico and was a favourite of Emperor Maximilian of Mexico.

Come on let us listen to the tilting melody

Soon the song achieved popularity in Germany, Spain, Afghanistan, Goa (India).

Readers, do you want to really know how much popular is La Paloma
in Mexico?

Just watch Andre Rieu, Dutch Violinist playing this wonderful melody

Many artists of diverse genre recorded the song at various point of time.

Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, Billy Vaughn to name a few.

La Paloma inspired even India film songs. In the film Chandralekha (1948), N S Krishnan sang a song based on La Paloma.

La Paloma created a Guinness Book of World Records when it was sung by largest choir of 88 600 people in Hamburg in 2004.

Sebastian Yradier did not know that his song would be this much popular one day. How sad?

Answer for Last Week’s Quiz: Mr Chandran is gifted with Perfect Pitch. Perfect Pitch or Absolute Pitch is the ability to tell the exact note on the Piano on hearing.

Quiz for this Week: Who is the composer of the film Chandralekha (1948)

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‘Bale’ Sampat, a Chartered Accountant and a Carnatic Musician, lives in Chennai and teaches Piano.


Comments (2)


    John Vijayan says:

    Even after 150 years since it was composed, the melody is definitely tilting. Thanks Mr. Sampat for posting this.

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