Sonntag, 19. Juni 2022

Bertolt Brecht - Die Gewehre der Frau Carrar (LITERA, 1965, vinyl rip)

"Die Gewehre der Frau Carrar" is a short play by Bertolt Brecht, written in 1937 in the first year of the Spanish Civil War, which provides the background. It was intended for performance by a German troupe in Paris. Acknowledgement is made to an idea in J. M. Synge's "Riders to the Sea".

Teresa Carrar, who lives in an Andalusian fisherman's cottage, has lost her husband and fears for her sons Juan and José. For this reason she adopts a neutral attitude and hides her husband's rifles; she refuses to surrender them to her brother Pedro Jaquéras, who intends to join the fight against the fascist generals. José struggles with his mother and injures her foot. Juan's body is carried into the cottage on the sail of his boat. He has been shot while out fishing, because for the fascists the worker's cap that Juan wears when he goes fishing is a sufficient reason for shooting him as a suspected red. Those aren't human beings, Señora Carrar concludes, That's leprosy, and it has to be eradicated. She hands out the rifles that she had hidden from the fascist forces, and together with her younger son she herself heads for the front. The character of the Padre, who shares the suffering of the hungry and prays for them but does nothing to help them get their daily bread, is introduced by Brecht as a criticism of the Church's passive and appeasing attitude towards General Franco.

This recording of "Die Gewehre der Frau Carrar" with Helene Weigel, Ekkehard Schall, Erw
in Geschonneck and others is based on an radio play of the Berliner Rundfunkt from January, 1953.

Bertolt Brecht - Die Gewehre der Frau Carrar (1965, vinyl rip)
(192 kbps, front cover included)

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Zor Ekologikoa hat gesagt…

another Basque singer: Imanol (Larzabal)
sang Brecht in his record "herriak ez du barkatuko" (1974)(People won't forgive)
The song Dialektikari gorespena (with members from Gwendal!!!) (Lob der Dialektik)
Cover by anti-francoist artist Agustín Ibarrola

Dialektikari gorespena

Pauso sendoz, doa munduan injustizia.

Zapaltaileak, beste hamar mila urtezPortada (El pueblo no perdonara)

domeinatzera prestatzen dira.

Heien biolentziak seguratzen du:

“Guztiak berdin jarraituko du”.

Zapaltailean aboza entzuten da soilik,

eta merkatuan esplotazioa ohiuztatzen da:

“Orain da nere hasiera”.

Eta zapalduen artean, asko diote:

“ezta inoiz nahi duguna erdietsiko”.

Oraindik bizirik, dagoenak

ez dezala “sekulan” esan.



Agintzen dutenak, mintza daitezenean,

domeinatuko mintzatuko gara!

Zein ausart daiteke, “sekula”, esatera?

Zeinen eskutan dago opresioaren segi da?


Zeinetean haren amaiera?


Altxa dadila makurtua dagoena!

Burruka dadila galdurik dagoena!

Zeinen menperatuko du bere kondizioa ezagutzen duena.





Zor Ekologikoa hat gesagt…

Hi Zero: I think you'll like this
Basque singer (mith!) Mikel Laboa singing Brecht
(Questions From a Worker Who Reads by Bertolt Brecht - in Basque, of course: Langile Baten Galderak)

and the entire record:

(Found at

You'll also notice the homages to James Joyce and Billie Holiday and a song by Atahualpa Yupanki, Piedra Y Camino

Who built Thebes of the seven gates?
In the books you will find the names of kings.
Did the kings haul up the lumps of rock?
And Babylon, many times demolished
Who raised it up so many times? In what houses
of gold-glittering Lima did the builders live?
Where, the evening that the Wall of China was finished
Did the masons go? Great Rome
Is full of triumphal arches. Who erected them? Over whom
Did the Caesars triumph? Had Byzantium, much praised in song
Only palaces for its inhabitants? Even in fabled Atlantis
The night the ocean engulfed it
The drowning still bawled for their slaves.

The young Alexander conquered India.
Was he alone?
Caesar beat the Gauls.
Did he not have even a cook with him?

Philip of Spain wept when his armada
Went down. Was he the only one to weep?
Frederick the Second won the Seven Year's War. Who
Else won it?

Every page a victory.
Who cooked the feast for the victors?
Every ten years a great man?
Who paid the bill?

So many reports.
So many questions.

Zor Ekologikoa hat gesagt…

This was a homage to Mikel Laboa by Basque rock bands
Negu Gorriak plays Gaberako aterbea (lyrics by Brecht - "Night shelter"?


Zor Ekologikoa hat gesagt…

I know you read this one - it was send after the previous one - the first one i sent you was the second one - this is a resend
Another Basque singer singing Brecht: Bilbao song
Joseba Tapia comes from a family f trikitixa players, a traditional style which involves just a dyatonic accordion and tambourine (played by a couple). But in the last years he has searched new styles and made experiments (in his latest album he has left his accordion to handle a guitar)

zero hat gesagt…

Thanks a lot for these pieces of advice and all the links. Sounds very interesting! Best wishes!

Cri hat gesagt…

Zero, Re-Upload possible?

Cri hat gesagt…

Can you please re-up?

zero hat gesagt…


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