His songs prove him to be a melodist, the most original since Brahms in this form.
Leoncavallo is never much of a melodist, and 'Pagliacci' teems with reminiscences.
Italy has produced no melodist equal to him, and Germany only one—Franz Schubert.
Bellini was essentially a melodist, a lyric composer of ideallic naiveté.
It sometimes is contended that Wagner adopted his system ...