One of these days, I’m going to give in and make a giant spreadsheet that correlates each motif or lyrical/melodic callback with the songs they appear in. That music is dense with it – most musicals will satisfy themselves with a reprise or (gasp) two in the second half, maybe a nice overture so everyone knows the important melodies. Hamilton is quoting itself almost as quickly as it’s off and running (and it takes off at a sprint).

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