Corridos

[Corridos]


[Corridos] The Corrido has a long tradition in Mexico throughout all the different stages of its history. Although it had considerable resurgence during the Revolution, it continues to be a live musical form of expression in the present.

Many folklorists trace its roots to the Medieval Andalusian verses and ballads brought by the Spanish. However as the study of the native cultures of México sheds more light many scholars are linking the narrative style of the corridos to the Nahuatl and native epic poetry of the Precolumbian times, such as the poems collected by Angel Maria Garibay K. (e.g., ``La Huída de Quetzalcóatl''.) A few selected ones are included in this collection.

In modern times, the corrido has portrayed all sorts of tragedies and misadventures that have not been uncommon in the life of Mexican peoples, including disgraces of celebrities, (e.g, ``El Circo'') and, to the concern of family moralists, the drug traffickers deeds in the narcocorridos (e.g., ``Contrabando y traición''.)

The following corridos and epic stories have become classics or reflect events that are considered important in Mexican history and culture.

Notes:

There are songs in the following categories:

  • Corridos about bandidos and bandoleros
  • Corridos about rebellions
  • Corridos about horses and bullfighting
  • Corridos about parents and siblings
  • Humorous corridos
  • Children songs
  • Narcocorridos
  • Corridos about modern times
  • Corridos "Culteranos".
  • Sources:

  • Angel María Garibay K, Poesía Indígena, México, 1940.
  • Vicente T. Mendoza, El Corrido Mexicano, FCE, Mexico, 1954.
  • María Herrera-Sobek, Northward Bound: The Mexican Immigrant Experience in Ballad and Song, Indiana Univ Press, 1993.
  • Luis A. Astorga A., Mitología del "Narcotraficante" en México, UNAM/Plaza y Valdés, 1995. bar
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