Ballads of the Lords of New Spain: The Codex Romances de los Señores de la Nueva España

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Using the Online Edition

The University of Texas Libraries, together with the University of Texas Press, has launched a complete online version of the print edition of the Ballads of the Lords of New Spain at www.utdigital.org. The website reproduces the Nahuatl text and English translation as printed here, but with “pop-up” excerpts from the Commentary to allow the songs and the explanatory synopses to be read together. Extra features include a normative transcription (searchable), a map showing the “geography” of the Ballads, audio of the two-tone drum cadences accompanying two of the songs, and a photographic facsimile of the Ballads codex.

In addition—and with a nod to the expanding field of corpus linguistics—the Ballads website amplifies the “whole corpus” approach to translating and interpreting both the Ballads and the closely related codex Cantares Mexicanos by mounting a single-word extract from the Ballads/Cantares concordance that demonstrates the unity of the diction. To facilitate the interpretation of the Ballads, the website includes the Cantares Mexicanos: Songs of the Aztecs and A Nahuatl-English Dictionary and Concordance to the Cantares Mexicanos, courtesy of Stanford University Press.

A word of thanks is due E. Casey Kittrell at the University of Texas Press for conceiving the Ballads website and guiding it to completion, and to the University of Texas Libraries and its Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection for co-sponsoring the project.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • A Note on Orthography xi
  • Using the Online Edition xiii
  • Introduction 1
  • On the Translation of Aztec Poetry 24
  • Guide to the Vocabulary 71
  • Romances de Los Señores de la Nueva España Ballads of the Lords of New Spain 75
  • Guide to the Transcription 76
  • Part 1 80
  • I 81
  • II 85
  • III 87
  • IV 89
  • V 91
  • V 95
  • VII 97
  • VIII 99
  • IX 100
  • X 101
  • XII 108
  • XIII 109
  • XIV 111
  • Part 2 114
  • XV [Part 2, Song 1] 115
  • XVI [Part 2, Song 2] 117
  • XVI [Part 2, Song 3]30 119
  • XVIII [Part 2, Song 4]36 121
  • XIX [Part 2, Song 5]46 123
  • XX [Part 2, Song 6]59 126
  • XXI [Part 2, Song 7]67 128
  • XXII [Part 2, Song 8] 131
  • XXIII [Part 2, Song 9]82 133
  • XXIV [Part 2, Song 10]92 135
  • XXV [Part 2, Song 11] 137
  • XXVI [Part 2, Song 12] 139
  • XXVII [Part 2, Song 13]108 141
  • XXVIII [Part 2, Song 14]119 143
  • Part 3 146
  • XXIX [Part 3, Song 1]1 147
  • XXIX-a [Part 3, Song 1-a]10 149
  • XXX [Part 3, Song 2] 151
  • XXXI [Part 3, Song 3]21 152
  • XXXII [Part 3, Song 4]33 154
  • Part 4 156
  • XXXIII [Part 4, Song 1]1 157
  • XXXIV [Part 4, Song 2] 159
  • XXXV [Part 4, Song 3] 161
  • Commentary 163
  • Concordance to Proper Nouns 189
  • Verbs, Particles, and Common Nouns 204
  • Appendix I - Two Versions of the Myth of the Origin of Music 207
  • Appendix II - Corrections for the Cantares Edition 211
  • Bibliography 221
  • Index 233
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