Could the song ‘A Banda’ by Brazilian composer Chico Buarque de Holanda be a case of plagiarism?

Could the song ‘A Banda’ by Brazilian composer Chico Buarque de Holanda be a case of plagiarism?

My British father in law is a lover of Big Bands, Jazz and Musicals, and knowing that my husband and I shared his taste in music, when he last visited us in August Summer of 2019, he gave us a large box of CDs he no longer wanted due to a change in his life. I started to listen to the CDs, until I ran across a particular one that made me very uneasy, because one of the songs had a segment that seemed to me exactly like the song called ‘A Banda’ (The Band), by the Brazilian composer Chico Buarque de Holanda (1944-). The CD in question is ‘Strictly Big Band’, by Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra, recorded in 2008, with 17 tracks of amazing songs.

Searching through the internet I found that:

“The Syd Lawrence Orchestra was founded in 1967 by trumpeter and arranger Syd Lawrence, is considered the best Big Band in the UK; It has been thrilling audiences in concert halls, theatres, TV shows and music festivals all over the UK and Europe for over 40 years. Renowned for its exciting blend of high octane Big Band Swing and Classic Dance Music, the Orchestra’s repertoire ranges from the legendary Glenn Miller through the era of the great Count Basie Orchestra to the hit songs of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. It has recently been voted “Best Big Band in the Land” for the eleventh consecutive year”.

The particular song of the Strictly Big Band that had a part so alike a Brazilian song I know is ‘Before the Parade Passes By’, on track 4.  This song, sung by Angie Mills, was by the American composer Jerry Herman, about whom, I got the following information:

“American songwriter Jerry Herman (b. July 10, 1931) is the first composer-plus-lyricist in history to have written three musicals that scored over 1,500 performances on their initial Broadway runs: Hello, Dolly! had 2,844, Mame 1,508, and La Cage aux Folles 1,761. (Stephen Schwartz matched this record in 2007.) Creator of ten Broadway shows so far, and contributor to two more, Herman has been nominated for Tony Awards® in multiple categories five times, and won two for Best Musical (Hello, Dolly! 1964 and La Cage aux Folles 1983)”.

The song ‘Before the Parade Passes By’ was made famous by the musical ‘Hello Dolly’. I had heard it many times before, but the version on this CD is the only one I know that has the particular part that matches  ‘A Banda’of Chico Buarque de Holanda. As for the lyrics, that of the Portuguese version are different, although the theme of how a marching band helps to raise spirits, is also the theme of the Portuguese version by Buarque de Holanda. Here is the information I found in the internet about the song A Banda by Chico Buarque de Holanda:

“Chico Buarque de Holanda composed this song when he returned from Europe, where he had toured with the play Morte e Vida Severina (Death and Life of Severino), adapted from a poem by João Cabral de Melo Neto that tells the story of Severino, a Brazilian economic migrant. It won the 2nd Tv Record Brazilian Popular Music Festival, and was recorded on her first album in 1966”.

There is more than one version for the song ‘Before the Parade Passes By’, of the musical ‘Hello Dolly!’, which would explain why this one was the only one that included the particular section I mentioned. The one that contains the melody that matches ‘A Banda’ could be from the original Broadway Cast Recording of 1964.

If anyone wants to compare the similarity of a segment of the song  Before the Parade Passes By’ in Track 4 of the CD ‘Strickly Big Band’, by Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra, the segment starts precisely two minutes and twelve seconds from the start. The full lyrics of the song is listed below. The segment in question is  marked between the stars.

Before the Parade Passes By – Melody & lyrics by Jerry Herman (Album Strictly Big Band’, by Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra, 2008)

Before the parade passes by

I’ve gotta go and taste Saturday’s high life

Before the parade passes by

I’ve gotta get some life back into my life

I’m ready to move out in front

I’ve had enough of just passing by life

With the rest of them

With the best of them

I can hold my head up high

For I’ve got a goal again

I’ve got a drive again

I wanna feel my heart coming alive again

Before the parade…

Look at the crowd up ahead

Listen and hear that brass harmony growing

Look at that crowd up ahead

Pardon me if my old spirit is showing

All of those lights over there

Seem to be telling me where I’m going

When the whistle blows

And the cymbals crash

And the sparklers light the sky

I’m gonna raise the roof

I’m gonna to carry on

Give me an old trombone

Give me an old baton

Before the parade passes by

(Interlude)

*** [Here is where it starts]

I’m going to march up and down

Right here in front of the tent

I’ll be the talk of the town

Whilst I make my stand

No clouds will darken my skies

My feet are feeling the shoes

The world will soon realize

I’ve got no room for the blues

Now get that tanner outside

I’ll take the trumpets and blow

I’m going to shout to the world

That I’m ready to go

*** [Here is where it ends]

Before the parade passes by

Listen and hear that brass harmony growing

[Company]

When the parade passes by

Pardon me if my old spirit is showing

All of those lights over there

Seem to be telling me where I’m going

Look at that crowd up ahead

Listen and hear that brass harmony growing

Look at that crowd up ahead

Pardon me if my old spirit is showing

All of those lights over there

Seem to be telling me where I’m going

When the whistle blows

And the symbols crash

And the sparklers light the sky

I’m going to raise the roof

I’m going to carry on

Give me an old trombone

Give me an old baton

Before the parade passes by

***

Conclusion

I believe in intellectual property rights. I am not a professional musician but my ears tells me that the song ‘A Banda’ by Brazilian composer Chico Buarque de Holanda could be a  plagiarism of a part of  the song ‘Before the Parade Passes By’ by the American songwriter Jerry Herman.  I believe that an expert should check my suspicion.

Here is a link for the version I mention in this posting, which includes the part that was supposed plagiarised, which starts at 2:08 minutes from the start:

And here a link to the A Banda by CBH.

Your opinion of the case is greatly appreciated.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKFcLjgI8v0