As is shown by the two or three vocal works of his that I have seen, Gleason is less successful as a melodist than as a harmonist.
Bellini was essentially a melodist, a lyric composer of ideallic naiveté.
Italy has produced no melodist equal to him, and Germany only one—Franz Schubert.
It sometimes is contended that Wagner adopted his system of leading motives because he was not a melodist.
Leoncavallo is never much of a melodist, and 'Pagliacci' teems with reminiscences.
More pleasantly thus wilt thou labour, and, indeed, of old thou wert a melodist.
His songs prove him to be a melodist, the most original since Brahms in this form.
In 1825 Moore paid a visit to Scott, who pronounced the Irish melodist the "prettiest warbler" he had ever heard.