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Works: 421 works in 1,214 publications in 12 languages and 37,513 library holdings
Genres: Musical settings  Poetry  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, Creator
Classifications: PA4408.E5, 884.01
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Sappho
Sappho by Sappho( Book )

8 editions published between 1958 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 1,148 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 460 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 410 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 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poetry of Sappho by Sappho( Book )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2019 in English and held by 352 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 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

3 editions published in 2016 in Provenal and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete Omar Khayyam by Granville Bantock( )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 292 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 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unanswered love by Aribert Reimann( )

3 editions published in 2017 in German and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Visionen by Dimitri Terzakis( )

2 editions published in 2016 in German and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The songs of Sappho by Sappho( Book )

18 editions published between 1891 and 1966 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

16 editions published between 1943 and 1996 in 4 languages and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

8 editions published between 1760 and 1992 in English and held by 143 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 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

27 editions published between 1751 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 118 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 112 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 108 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 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poems of Sappho; an interpretative rendition into English by John Myers O'Hara( Book )

7 editions published between 1910 and 2013 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an early 20th century attempt to weave the fragments of Sappho into a set of complete poems. The translator is building on the consensus view of Sappho at the time
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Alternative Names



Safo de Lesbos

Safo de Mitilene







Sappho Lyrica










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