View Poll Results: The more operas a composer writes, the worst they are on average.

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    Default Agree or disagree?

    Poll question in poll.
    Doch dieses Wörtlein: und, -wär' es zerstört,
    wie anders als mit Isoldes eignem Leben wär' Tristan der Tod gegeben?

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    We need a third response; "Conflicted."


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    I generally agree, though there is always Wagner who wrote only couple of operas when you look upon the list, but they consists of so much music that there is still enough space for the composer to reach quite low average.

    It's no great discovery anyway that when you go for quantity, the quality drops, whatever you produce - operas or birdhouses.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    I generally agree, though there is always Wagner who wrote only couple of operas when you look upon the list, but they consists of so much music that there is still enough space for the composer to reach quite low average.

    It's no great discovery anyway that when you go for quantity, the quality drops, whatever you produce - operas or birdhouses.
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    Doch dieses Wörtlein: und, -wär' es zerstört,
    wie anders als mit Isoldes eignem Leben wär' Tristan der Tod gegeben?

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    True, this is why Halévy is considered better than Verdi or Wagner.
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    Chances are, the 1st opera has established mediocrity, never after surmounted (Wagner). In some cases the operas get progressively better-made for awhile as musicianship improves (Verdi). Maybe there is a rare jewel among the industrial diamonds (Berlioz). You see, there is no discernible universal trend, just a panorama of darkness with a few points of light in it (city sky on a cloudless, moonless night).

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    Couchie's been a naughty boy again...
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    In the case of Verdi and Mozart there was a general progression of genius the more operas they wrote.

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    Quality, not quantity, dear Watson! I mean Couchie
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