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Thread #48534   Message #2334778
Posted By: GeoffLawes
07-May-08 - 08:20 AM
Thread Name: ADD: Viva la Quinta Brigada (Christy Moore & not)
Subject: RE: ADD: Viva la Quinta Brigada (Christy Moore & not)
Thanks for the notes from the Asch Recording of Pete Seeger singing Viva La Quince Brigade Joe. The original issue date of the Seeger recording, being 1940, is very close to the war but is, of course, post war.

The notes saying 'it was most frequently sung on the march.', suggest that the song was actually sung during the war which ended on April 1st 1939 and as Padre, and others on other Mudcat threads, suggest some of the songs on the Asch record were recorded in Spain while the war was still going on.However, Viva La Quince Brigada as sung by Pete Seeger on the Asch record was not recorded in Spain as the war went on.

However, I still have a suspicion that the song praising the XV Brigade was a post civil war variation of a song sung during the war in praise of the V Brigade. Perhaps Pete Seeger is the author of the Quince variation since he is the person who seems to be the earliest person noted as singing the song.Is anyone in a position to ask him?

To restate my original question rephrased in the light of the above revelations,

Was VIVA LA QUINCA BRIGADA sung IN SPAIN while the Spanish Civil war was STILL being fought? Or was it a song adapted and adopted after the war,possibly originating outside of Spain, possibly originated by Pete Seeger ?

La lutta continua, Geoff