Donald Macleod focuses on Skalkottas's reluctant return to Greece from Berlin after Hitler's rise to power.
Skalkottas managed to burn his bridges both with his patron and with potential employers in Greece in the early 1930s, and after Hitler's rise to power in 1933, the composer, now deeply in debt, was put on a train back to Athens and his passport impounded. On his return, he had a complete nervous breakdown. The only thing he lived for was composition, and for the next ten years he would write music at a prolific rate. With Donald Macleod.