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Bellini,...Meyerbeer? Donizetti probably made the list ahead of Bellini because of his greater influence on the structure and forms of the opera as well as for his non-operatic compositions, in forms as diverse as symphonies, chamber works, piano works etc. Meyerbeer was certainly a great influence on French grand opera but suffers (unfairly) from Wagner's disdain. Unfortunately, one-trick ponies will often suffer in a list that covers such a wide base. It's very tough to be a Chopin and get on this list without a wide range of forms, or attacking the most complex form (symphony). Instead of replacing Donizetti, maybe Meyerbeer should replace Wagner. There's more justice in that.Hexameron wrote:Yea, that list is definitely flawed... Donizetti is also a bizarre choice there; I would have said Bellini or Meyerbeer are "greater."
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