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Pan-Hispanic Ballad Project

International Online Archive of the Pan-Hispanic Ballad 

A Database of Ancient and Modern Oral Versions of Ballads  

Unless otherwise stated, the ballads retrieved below have been collected directly from modern oral tradition. The order in which texts have been prepared and uploaded into the ballad database attempts to address from the outset the diverse interests of specialists and students of the Pan-Hispanic Ballad Tradition. In order to facilitate as wide a variety of synchronic and diachronic studies as possible, the user can choose between two primary forms of access to the texts:

  1. User-defined selection of the criteria to be used to retrieve individually configured subsets of the ballads from the database: CLICK HERE.
  2. The user selects from the options listed below to directly access one of several subsets of the data pre-classified on the basis of period, region, branch or language, theme and the availability of music (select from the list of radio buttons below).

(Please visit Acknowledgements, to view a list of collaborators who have generously contributed time and materials to significantly enhance the online, interactive Pan-Hispanic ballad archive.   For more information on modern ballads, visit Samuel Armistead's online project Folk Literature of the Sephardic Jews.)

  Pre-Modern Ballads (ancient and new):
Wolf-Hofmann Primavera y flor de Romances (A collection of ballads in print by the mid-sixteenth century)
Ballads in print before 1680
El Romancero nuevo, "artistic" ballads composed by court poets from the mid-sixteenth century on
  Ballads grouped by region, country or linguistic domain:
The Ballad Tradition of Spain (ancient and modern):
        Ballads from Northwestern Spain (León, Palencia, Santander, Zamora, + Lugo, Oviedo)
        Ballads from Galicia
        Ballads from Asturias
        Ballads from Cantabria
        Ballads from the Basque Country
        Ballads from Navarre
        Ballads from La Rioja
        Ballads from Aragon
        Ballads from Catalonia
        Ballads from León y Castilla
              Ballads from Leon
              Ballads from Segovia
        Ballads from Madrid
        Ballads from Castilla-La Mancha
        Ballads from Valencia
        Ballads from the Balearic Islands
        Ballads from Murcia
        Ballads from Extremadura
        Ballads from Andalusia
              Ballads from Cádiz (Arcos de la Frontera; Campo de Gibraltar; Jerez de la Frontera)
              The "bajoandaluz" Gypsy Ballad Tradition
        Ballads from the Canary Islands
The Latin American Ballad Tradition
        Ballads from Chile
        Ballads from Colombia
The Luso-Brazilian Ballad Tradition
        The Brazilian Ballad Tradition
        The Portuguese Ballad Tradition
              Ballads from Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro
              Ballads from Minho
              Ballads from Douro Litoral
              Ballads from Beira Alta
              Ballads from Beira Baixa
              Ballads from Beira Litoral
              Ballads from Ribatejo
              Ballads from Estremadura
              Ballads from Alto Alentejo
              Ballads from Baixo Alentejo
              Ballads from the Algarve
              Ballads of the Portuguese Atlantic Islands
The Judeo-Spanish Ballad Tradition
        Ballads from Morocco
        Ballads from the Eastern Mediterranean
              Laura Papo's Sephardic Ballads ("Bohereta", Sarajevo 1917; Paris 1928; Sarajevo 1933)
Traditional ballads documented in the United States
  Ballads grouped by theme or type:
The Romancero vulgar y nuevo
The Bernardo del Carpio ballad cycle
  Individual ballads well-represented in the modern tradition:
Muerte del Príncipe don Juan (± 300 versions, many previously unedited.IGRH: 0006; SGA: C14; CF: C5)
Hermana cautiva (± 215 versions, the majority previously unedited. IGRH: 0169; SGA: H3; CF: H2)
Gerineldo (all versions; to date, ± 200).
        Gerineldo (as a single ballad)
        Gerineldo (1st half of the double ballad Gerineldo+La Condesita)
La Condesita (all versions; to date, ± 700). IGRH: 0110; 0023+0010; SGA: Q1+I7; CF: Q1+I8)
        La Condesita (as a single ballad)
        La Condesita (2nd half of the double ballad Gerineldo+La Condesita)
Delgadina (± 260 versions. IGRH: 0075; 0005+0075; SGA: P2; CF: P2)
Señas del esposo (± 340 versions. IGRH: 0113; SGA: I1-I5; CF: I1-I5)
La serrana de la Vera (± 210 versions. IGRH: 0233; CF:N3)
Conde Niño (± 430 versions. IGRH: 0049; SGA: J1; CF:J1)
Tamar (± 110 versions. IGRH: 0140; SGA: E17; CF:E3)
  Ballads with recorded music:
All versions with recorded "performance" (audio recording)
        Ballads from Jerez with music
        Ballads from Madrid with music
        Ballads recorded and/or published by José Manuel Fraile Gil
        Ballads recorded and/or published by Susana Weich-Shahak

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Email: petersen@uw.edu