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ABSTRACT A Singer’s Guide to the Songs of Ildebrando Pizzetti by Mark Whatley Ildebrando Pizzetti (1880–1968) composed thirty-three songs for voice and piano that were published during his lifetime. Though many of his songs are of timeless quality, they are now largely forgotten and have not found a permanent place in the established repertoire. This singer’s guide is a user-friendly reference work that has been written with the goal of making Pizzetti’s songs more accessible. Toward this end, this paper begins with an introduction that details the purpose of the paper and the methodology followed in creating the song entries, which are the main element of the document. Chapter two briefly discusses Pizzetti’s life and gives general information on his songs. The next three chapters contain detailed descriptions of each of the songs (they are organized according to publication dates). Each song entry contains: (1) a section that details facts about each song, such as the name of and dates for the author of the text, the composition date, publication information, and other useful information specific to the music of the song, such as range, key, meter, tempo, etc.; (2) a section that contains the text of the song, a word-for-word translation of the song, and an IPA transcription of the song; and (3) a brief discussion of the song that includes information such as interesting facts about the first performance and inception of the song (if known), a description of the music and/or the text of the song, and a concluding section discussing the musical and vocal difficulties for the song in question and, in some cases, offering suggestions for performers. Other useful parts of this paper include the complete listing of Pizzetti’s songs, located in Appendix A; the annotated bibliography of resources in English that deal with Pizzetti’s songs, located in Appendix B; and two new idiomatic translations of Pizzetti’s Due poesie di Giuseppe Ungaretti, located in Appendix C.