Santa Lucia has its origins as a Neopolitan song with its lyrics celebrating the outdoor lives of boatmen who lived and worked in the Bay of Naples in what sound to be very happy times. The repeat is not played in the realisation but in performance can be added. Instrument players should be aiming to develop their legato playing and quality of tone when playing the piece and there are opportunities to slow the tempo at the ends of phrases although this is not indicated in the score. Players may well want to edit the phrasing because there are options available. A tempo of 100 quarter note (crotchet) beats is used in the playback. An oboe part is appended to the full score. As this will be a familiar melody to any audience the piece will need to be known thoroughly before any performance is given!