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This song has a female voice pronouncing only the syllable "la", and there are strings (violins, cellos, etcetera). It is not very old, perhaps from the 1970's, and probably from France. I remember reading (many years ago when I knew it's name) that it was described as "contemporary classic music" or "modern classic music".

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Could it be this ? : #5 from Villa-Lobos "Bachianas Brasileiras". Soprano and orchestra of 'cellos. Admittedly I think she sings "ah" rather than "la"....

Added: Some more links about the piece, (which was written in 1938) and Heitor Villa-Lobos

  • This song is amazing. I must say it is not the one I am looking for, but it constitutes a great discovery for me anyway. Thank you. – algo Sep 27 '18 at 8:43
  • thanks, well, we are all music fans, so it's good to share music we like with others – Angst Sep 27 '18 at 19:11
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There's a version of the song Yeul's Theme from Final Fantasy XIII-2 where all the lyrics of the song are replaced for La. It is a female vocals with strings (and also a Piano). It matches most of your specifications.

https://youtu.be/fxTCCeE0uvQ

  • I am afraid it isn't this one. The one I am thinking of I am sure is from the 1970's probably, and all the instruments or the most prominent ones are all strings, specially violins, and I think there is some pizzicato. – algo Sep 22 '18 at 14:18
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As Angst did back in September, I immediately thought of the Villa-Lobos piece. But I wonder if it might be "Un homme et une femme" by Francis Lai.

It's from the 1966 film of the same name and it's isn't any kind of classical music, but people often describe music wrongly. It's French chanson really, with a Brazilian, bossa-nova feel. I'm afraid this arrangement - which is probably the original - isn't all strings, but if it's the right song you could search for other arrangements.

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