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Subject: Re: Interpolated notes
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Date:Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:16:52 -0400

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Of course, not a single person has even mentioned whether a high E flat fits in 
with what's happening in the plot.  Yes, there is a lot of pagentry - but it's 
all ironic, as all the protagonists don't give a damn about it and are heavily 
engaged in lots of internal dialogue and turmoil.  That's what makes the scene 
exciting - not pagentry for its own sake, but that it's so very much at odds 
with what's going on with the characters.

"What hope now is left to me?
For him, glory and the throne,
for me, oblivion and the tears
of a hopeless love."

Those are Aida's lines at the end of act 2.  Given the context of her 
hopeless situation, does it sound like she wants to sing a high E flat?

Bob Kosovsky, Ph.D. -- Curator, Rare Books and Manuscripts,
Music Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
blog:   Twitter: @kos2
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