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Subject: Re: The most influential opera to impact our own time is:
From: Wendell Eatherly <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Wendell Eatherly <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 25 Jan 2018 06:24:41 -0500
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On Wed, 24 Jan 2018 23:23:09 -0500, James Camner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Interesting, but I don't see how being first, even if it's true, translates into "most influential of 
our time". I'm guessing the American musical would have developed, with or without the 
forgotten "Black Crook". Of course we'll never know for sure, and believing that (or not) does 
no real harm.

>But where Der Freischutz made the most direct impact in the United States which is 
>still being felt today, was the appearance in 1866 of a hodgepodge musical "The 
>Black Crook" which is considered by most historians to be the birth of the American 
>Broadway Musical and thus, the link between Der Freischutz and works like 
>Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady, and Hamilton is direct. 
>

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