IRADIER (Yradier) – LA PALOMA (‘The Dove’ / ‘No More’) – FOUR CELLOS or LARGER CELLO GROUP (easy)


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IRADIER (Yradier) – LA PALOMA (‘The Dove’ / ‘No More’) – this music has been specially produced for four cellos or groups of cellos of all sizes.


Download Contents or Instructions:

PDF 1 – Score (8 pages in all)

PDF 2 – All Individual Cello Parts (9 pages in all)


The tempo indication is – Andante


General difficulty of the music – other Information:


“La Paloma”, known in English as “No More” (but literally ‘The Dove’), is a popular Spanish song that has been produced and reinterpreted in diverse cultures, settings, arrangements, and recordings over the last 140 years. The song was composed and written by the Spanish basque composer Sebastián Iradier (later Yradier) in the 1850s. Iradier was to die in obscurity within few years, never to learn how popular his song would become.

“La Paloma” belongs to a genre of songs called Habaneras, a musical style developed in 19th-century Spain – like all Habaneras, its characteristic and distinct rhythm reflects the fusion of the local Cuban songs that the Spanish sailors of the time brought back with them from their travels to the island, with the rhythm structure of the flamenco “tanguillo gaditano” (original from Cádiz, Andalusia). Very quickly “La Paloma” became popular outside of Spain, particularly in Mexico, and soon spread around the world. In many places, including Afghanistan, Hawaii, the Philippines, Germany, Romania, Zanzibar, and Goa it gained the status of a quasi-folk song. Over the years the popularity of “La Paloma” has surged and receded periodically, but never subsided. It may be considered one of the first universal popular hits and has appealed to artists of diverse musical backgrounds. There are more than one thousand versions of this song, and that together with “Yesterday” by the Beatles, is one of the most-recorded songs in the history of music. It is certainly the most-recorded Spanish song.

The Song became the favorite of Princess Charlotte of Belgium, Empress of Mexico, reason why the followers of president Juarez and the liberal party, made a parody. In the Portuguese novel The Crime of Father Amaro, written in 1871 by the considered greatest Portuguese writer, Eça de Queiroz, it is referred to as “a Chiquita, an old Mexican song.” German and French versions appeared in the 1860s. In English, a version titled “No More” with lyrics by Don Robertson and Hal Blair was recorded by both Dean Martin and Elvis Presley. Harry James recorded a version in 1941 on Columbia. La Paloma has been interpreted by musicians of diverse backgrounds including opera, pop, jazz, rock, military bands, and folk music. The song entered the Guinness Book of World Records being sung by the largest choir, 88,600 people, in Hamburg on May 9, 2004.

Johnstone’s preparation for 4 cellos or cello orchestra is highly playable by less experienced players, and younger players. No part goes beyond 4th position and is set in a comfortable D Major tonality; however all parts have melodic importance in varying moments.


P.S. If you ever record this music (preferably onto YouTube) we would be delighted to add YOUR link here and in the Audio-Video section of the Web …

Enjoy the music !!


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