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I have no idea whether this is regarded as "trivia," hence I thought I'd write it here. In Danish language, the term "nummer" is used to refer to any musical piece. gamle nummer = "old (musical) piece". -andy 188.8.131.52 (talk) 19:49, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
"In fact, almost all operatic composers subsequent to Wagner adopted this procedure."
I realise there's a bit of snobbery in opera discussion, which can lead to rather narrow focuses in some of the books about it, but that basically denies the entire light opera and operetta tradition, which kept up number operas well past Wagner; indeed, if you accept the modern musical as the descendant of this tradition, it never stopped to this day. Adam Cuerden (talk) 02:45, 11 February 2013 (UTC)
"musical numbers should carry on the action of the play, and should be representative of the personalities of the characters who sing them."
Technically, isn't that the long-standing trend in opera as well? I mean, you could make a case that baroque operas often had much of the plot happening in the recitatives between the songs proper, but as you move forwards in opera history, you get more and more of what Kern's quote suggests. Adam Cuerden (talk) 21:05, 14 February 2013 (UTC)