I’m making real headway on this, but I’m at a point where it’s now just grinding out what I know has to be on the page for the bridge bits, so I’m going to go ahead and post what I’ve got so far.
You will hear the basic building blocks for the rest of the aria: the plaintive “I am alone” motif; the accompanying cello line for that; the sincere “Flying in the sky” motif; the wistful “Aloft on pinions” motif. Expect them to return as signposts. (At the end of this version, you can hear the cello line making its entrance for a sustained run, over which Icarus will sing what I’m calling the “bridge” text.)
Something I didn’t talk about yesterday was the issue of sixteenth notes. We’ve been slammed with them from the opening, nearly six minutes of them, and so it was really critical to back off for a while. But an aria about flying without whirling sixteenths or sextuplets? What to do, what to do… I think you will be pleased with the solution.