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His few disconsolate words were accompanied by a newspaper clipping, which said that the aviator-writer had failed to return from a war-time flight. 5 5 'He took ofT at 8:30 on July 31, 1944; the weather reports were good, the engines running smoothly, and the plane soared lightly into the shimmering morning air, northwards towards France. At one-thirty Saint-Exupery had not returned and his friends were growing more and more anxious, as by now only an hour's fuel remained in his tanks. And at two-thirty he still had not returned ...

The final pages of Alceste, from the appearance of the deus ex machina, are undeniably cold and conventional; yet, in spite of this weakness, the opera remains a masterpiece. atio~ is different in the so-called verismo opera. Here the pace IS swift, the brevity of the episodes can indicate a very high degree of 1 Joseph Kerman also perceives 'a large recurring musical rhythm from tension to relaxation . est scale: between the opera as a whole and its final interlude, followmg Wozzeck's death and preceding the twenty-one-bar epilogue with the children .

Swans of liberty,' I sang in my heart. 38 36 As mentioned above, Dallapiccola conceived the first musical idea of the opera, the idea embodied in the central Aria in Three Stanzas 'Su/1' Oceano, sulla Schelda', on 10 January 1944, shortly after he finished the first draft of the libretto. The second scene as a whole, containing this Aria, is dated 3 February 1945, and the other parts of ll Prigioniero were completed in the following sequence: Scene IV, 4 August 1945; Scene III, 25 August 1946; Prologue, 6 April 1947; Scene I, 25 April 1947.

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