Sappho

This time Anna  Sutyagina’s Music Salon presents a Greek poetess Sappho and philosopher who is regarded as an important poet of classical antiquity. She lived in Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, a cultural center of the 7th century BC and descended from an old noble family. Her open-minded father allowed her to study with the brothers: the unusual exceptions as in the rule girls in archaic Greece were denied access to knowledge. Around 560 v. Chr. Sappho gathered a group of students and followers on Lesbos. She taught young women arts such as poetry, music, song and dance and performed with them at festivals in honor of the gods. But her unconventional teaching methods were considered offensive because she also introduced the young women into the mysteries of love. There are suspicions that she was married to a wealthy merchant and had a daughter. A legend says she had sprung from Leucadian rocks in despair about the fact that the beautiful ferryman Phaon did not answer her love.

Later on in the Greek history Sappho poetry was criticized and sometimes even ostracized and Sappho herself was called a courtesan – in antiquity the name for a female prostitute. This was probably her passionate and dedicated poetry, in which she praised love and openly expressed feelings. This was considered indecent. In addition to that it was not allowed that women and girls on Lesbos lead an independent, sociable and free life. The Sappho followers were able to develop their talents in poetry and philosophy. This was again forbidden in the later years in Athens.

The music program consists of compositions by Debussy, Faure and Mouquet – all with Antique motives – as well as Greek folk songs and bouzouki elements.

 

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Sappho

Antique Art of Love

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