Puccini's songs were written as occasional pieces: student works, contributions to periodicals, salon pieces for friends. Some passages pre-echo, or were borrowed for, his operas, and they throw fascinating light on his compositional development. The 15 songs are presented here with English translations, notes on chronology, and a detailed introduction. Most are suitable for either male or female performers.
A te ; Vexilla [Regis prodeunt] a 2 Voci ; Salve Regina ; Mentia l'avviso ; Storiella d'amore ("Noi leggevamo insieme") ; Sole e amore ; Avanti Urania! ; Inno A Diana ; E l'uccellino, Ninna-Nanna ; Terra e mare ; Canto d'anime, Pagina d'album ; [Casa mia, casa mia] ; Moirire? ; Inno a Roma