One of the great tragedies of literature is how much of Sappho we’ve lost: not just the poetry but ALL of the accompanying music.
What did Sappho sound like? We don’t know. We can’t know.
But we can guess.
Here’s one version, courtesy of youtube:
That’s Sappho’s poem set to music by Eve Beglarian, sung in ancient Greek by Andrea Goodman, who is accompanying herself on a 7-string lyre. The clip comes from a production of the New York Greek Drama Company in 1987, directed by Peter Steadman.
Beautiful? It is to me. As beautiful as Sappho’s actual songs? Alas, we’ll never know.