Sappho, Op.49 (Volkmann, Robert)

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Editor First edition
Engraver Leipzig: C.G. Röder.
Publisher. Info. Pest: Gustav Heckenast, n.d.[1865]. Plate G.H. 35.
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Work Title Sappho
Alternative. Title Dramatische Scene für Sopran-Solo mit Begleitung des Orchesters
Composer Volkmann, Robert
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.49
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IRV 43
Key C minor
Text Incipit Weh mir! Nun brich, o Herz!
First Performance. 1865-3-19 in Pest (or earlier?)
First Publication. 1865 – Pest: Gustav Heckenast
Librettist composer (?)
Language German
Dedication Anna Carina
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Voices: soprano
Orchestra: 2 flutes/piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (B), 2 bassoons + 4 horns (2 in E, 2 in F), 2 trumpets (C), trombone(s) ? + timpani + harp + strings

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Premiere date from NZM 1865 p.115.

Could this be a German translation of a Sappho sonnet?

The complete text is, in more condensed form, found @ Liedertexte und Erklärungen zu dem am 17. August 1865. (Followed a few pages later by Richard Pohl's somewhat famous essay on Liszt's Dante Symphony.)