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Works: 416 works in 1,141 publications in 12 languages and 38,774 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Musical settings  Lyric poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Songs  Art music  Monologues (Music)  Variations (Music)  String quartets  Love poetry 
Subject Headings: Lesbians 
Roles: Author, Librettist, Lyricist, Bibliographic antecedent, Other
Classifications: PA4408.E5, 884.01
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Most widely held works by Sappho
Sappho by Sappho( Book )

3 editions published between 1958 and 1982 in English and held by 1,144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These hundred poems and fragments constitute virtually all of Sappho that survives and effectively bring to life the woman whom the Greeks consider to be their greatest lyric poet. Mary Barnard's translations are lean, incisive, direct -- the best ever published. She has rendered the beloved poet's verses, long the bane of translators, more authentically than anyone else in English. -- From publisher's description
Sappho : a new translation of the complete works by Sappho( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sappho, the earliest and most famous Greek woman poet, sang her songs around 600 BCE on the island of Lesbos. Of the little that survives from the approximately nine papyrus scrolls collected in antiquity, all is translated here: substantial poems, fragments, single words - and, notably, two new poems that came to light in 2014. Also included are two more small fragments from this latest discovery in 2004. Yet the power of Sappho's poetry - her direc style, rich imagery, and passion - is apparent even in these remnants. Diane Rayor's translations of Greek poetry are graceful and poetic, modern in diction yet faithful to the originals. The full range of Sappho's voice is heard in these poems about desire, friendship, rivalry, family, and "passion for the light of life." In the introduction, scholar André Lardinois presents plausible reconstructions of Sappho's life and work, the importance of the recent discovery in understanding the performance of her songs, and the story of how these fragments survived. -- dust jacket
In shadow, in light : music of Steven Stucky by Steven Stucky( )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Messa di requiem ; Tre composizioni corali ; Due composizioni corali by Ildebrando Pizzetti( )

3 editions published in 1991 in Latin and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poetry of Sappho by Sappho( Book )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2019 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Today, thousands of years after her birth, in lands remote from her native island of Lesbos and in languages that did not exist when she wrote her poetry in Aeolic Greek, Sappho remains an important name among lovers of poetry and poets alike, . Celebrated throughout antiquity as the supreme Greek poet of love and of the personal lyric, noted especially for her limpid fusion of formal poise, lucid insight, and incandescent passion, today her poetry is also prized for its uniquely vivid participation in a living paganism. Collected in an edition of nine scrolls by scholars in the second century BC, Sappho's poetry largely disappeared when the Fourth Crusade sacked Constantinople in 1204. All that remained was one poem and a handful of quoted passages . A century ago papyrus fragments recovered in Egypt added a half dozen important texts to Sappho's surviving works. In 2004 a new complete poem was deciphered and published. By far the most significant discovery in a hundred years, it offers a new and tellingly different example of Sappho's poetic art and reveals another side of the poet, thinking about aging and about the transmission of culture from one generation to the next. Jim Powell's translations represent a unique combination of poetic mastery in English verse and a deep schlolarly engagement with Sappho's ancient Greek. They are incomparably faithful to the literal sense of the Greek poems and, simultaneously, to their forms, preserving the original meters and stanzas while exactly replicating the dramatic action of their sequences of disclosure and the passionate momentum of their sentences. Powell's translations have often been anthologized and selected for use in textbooks, winning recognition among discerning readers as far the best versions in English
The woman and the hare by Harrison Birtwistle( )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete Omar Khayyam by Granville Bantock( )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first edition of Fitzgerald's verse translation of "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám" had been on the scene since the mid-nineteenth century. By the end of that century it had achieved five editions and quasi-Shakespearean status. The quatrains are rich in quotations -- extracts eventually took up multiple columns in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. The subject matter was also daringly anti-religious and must have had an appeal to the increasingly literate, sceptical, and professional classes. Havergal Brian quotes Ernest Newman on the subject of Bantock's Omar: " ... it brings into English secular music, for the first time, the thoughts and feelings of men brought up in the full tide of modern culture and modern humanism." The work is scored for three soloists, a large chorus and a very large orchestra. The strings are divided into two complete string orchestras, one on either side of the conductor, a device by which Bantock procured a number of new a nd subtle effects. In the first decade of the twentieth century no other secularphilosophical work existed on such a scale. Omar was widely performed during the first half of the 20th century, but since Bantock's death in 1946, performances have been dependent on anniversaries and external historic events. This studio recording was the product of 11 years planning by a single BBC producer determined to preserve one of the most astounding choral works ever created. It remains, 37 years later, the only complete recording ever made of the work
Kleemation ; and other works by Elizabeth Vercoe( )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems of sheer nothingness : vocal music by Aaron Helgeson( )

3 editions published in 2016 in Provenal and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Visionen by Dimitri Terzakis( )

2 editions published in 2016 in German and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unanswered love by Aribert Reimann( )

3 editions published in 2017 in German and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stung with love : poems and fragments by Sappho( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By turns subversive, erotic and poignant, this collection of poems and fragments from Sappho's surviving work displays a wide variety of themes. From amorous songs celebrating adolescent females to poems of invocation, desire, spite, celebration, and remembrance, Poochigian's translations preserve the musical style of Sappho's songs. He also discusses theories surrounding Sappho's life and love affairs, and the enduring influence of her work. -- adapted from back cover
The songs of Sappho by Sappho( Book )

18 editions published between 1891 and 1966 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The works of Anacreon, Sappho, Bion, Moschus and Musae︠︡us by Sappho( Book )

7 editions published between 1760 and 1992 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

LA variations ; Five images after Sappho ; Giro ; Mania ; Gambit by Esa-Pekka Salonen( Recording )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hai tou Anakreontos Ōdai : kai Ta tēs sapphous, kai Ta tou Alkaiou Leipsana by Anacreon( Book )

24 editions published between 1751 and 1810 in 3 languages and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cinque frammenti di Saffo : per una voce e orchestra da camera by Luigi Dallapiccola( )

1 edition published in 1943 in Italian and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Soldier and the lady : poems of Archilochos and Sappho( Book )

3 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poem ; Songs ; Legong dreams ; Three rhapsodies by Elaine Barkin( Recording )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The isles of Greece; Sappho and Alcæus by Frederick Tennyson( Book )

5 editions published in 1890 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names



Safo de Lesbos

Safo de Mitilene







Sappho Lyrica










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