Monday, February 17, 2014

Theme Song: THE ALAMO


6 comments:

Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) said...

I think I prefer the song to the rather laborious film! In fact, I think it's the best thing about it despite its impressice cast (Richard Widmark must have given a bad performance somewhere, but I can;t think of it)

Margot Kinberg said...

Patti - This really is an impressive song. It's one of those really memorable theme songs.

Richard S. Wheeler said...

The Mexican name for the song eludes me, but it means No Quarter. The chilling, foreboding quality of the song sends that exact message.

Richard S. Wheeler said...

Patti,

It is the Deguello, and Tiompkin begins with its chilling melody. Here is what Wiki says of it:

El Degüello is a bugle call, notable in the US for its use as a march by Mexican Army buglers during the 1836 Siege and Battle of the Alamo.[1] "Toque a Degüello" was introduced to the Americas by the Spanish armies and was later adopted by the patriot armies fighting against them during the Spanish American wars of independence....

"Degüello" is a Spanish noun from the verb "degollar", to describe the action of throat-cutting. More figuratively, it means "give no quarter."[1] It "signifies the act of beheading or throat-cutting and in Spanish history became associated with the battle music, which, in different versions, meant complete destruction of the enemy without mercy."[4] It is similar to the war cry "¡A degüello!"used by Cuban rebels in the 19th century to launch mounted charges against the Spanish infantry.[citation needed]

Richard S. Wheeler said...

The De Guello was also employed in Rio Bravo. You can here it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AR-KbvXvBd8

pattinase (abbott) said...

I am really drawn to Spanish music. Spanish guitar especially. This is so lovely as was the music in the movie GLORIA, more modern but still the romanticism.
Love RIO BRAVO. One of my top ten.