Bandiera Rossa

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For the Italian Trotskyist association, see Bandiera Rossa Association (Italy).
Not to be confused with The Red Flag.

Bandiera Rossa (Italian for "Red Flag"), often also called Avanti Popolo after its opening words, is one of the most famous songs of the Italian labour movement. It glorifies the red flag, symbol of the socialist and communist movement. The text was written by Carlo Tuzzi in 1908; the melody is taken from two Lombard folk songs.

Apart from the first Italian text, there are several variants which are identified with certain socialist or communist parties. The last two lines "Evviva il comunismo e la libertà" were put in the text after the rise of Benito Mussolini; at the same time the original beginning "Compagni avanti alla riscossa" was changed to "Avanti o popolo, alla riscossa". Also, the word "comunismo" at the end of the chorus is often replaced with "socialismo", especially in more recent renderings of the song.

Bandiera Rossa was notably quoted in Frederic Rzewski's piano work The People United Will Never Be Defeated!.

A notable cover of the song was made by Slovenian punk-rock band Pankrti in 1984 on the Rdeči album (Red album).[1][2]

Excerpt from the text[edit]

First verse:
Avanti o popolo, alla riscossa,
Bandiera rossa, Bandiera rossa.
Avanti o popolo, alla riscossa,
Bandiera rossa trionferà.


Bandiera rossa la trionferà
Bandiera rossa la trionferà
Bandiera rossa la trionferà
Evviva il comunismo e la libertà.
Literal Translation:
Forward people, to the rescue,
the Red Flag, the Red Flag.
Forward people, to the rescue,
the Red Flag will triumph.

The Red Flag will triumph,
the Red Flag will triumph,
the Red Flag will triumph,
Long live communism and freedom.

Foreign language versions[edit]

One of the most widely translated Italian songs, Bandiera Rossa has been rendered in several languages including: German,[3] French,[4] Swedish,[5] Norwegian, Danish,[6] Turkish,[7] Kurdish,[7] Finnish,[8] Icelandic and Russian.[8]


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  3. ^ "DDR Lieder - "Bandiera Rossa"". YouTube. 2011-08-16. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  4. ^ "Bandiera rossa - (Französisch)". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  5. ^ "Bandiera Rossa". YouTube. 2008-08-30. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  6. ^ "Søren Sidevind - Avanti Popolo". YouTube. 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  7. ^ a b "1 Mayıs ! İşçinin emekçinin bayramı !". YouTube. 2011-04-30. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  8. ^ a b "Bandiera rossa - (Italienisch / Deutsch / Finnisch / Russisch)". YouTube. 2011-01-31. Retrieved 2013-03-07.