godot - 2009-03-04 The paying audience missed out on most of the show.
godot - 2009-03-04 Also, either Stravinsky or Luigi Dallapiccola, wrote of Vivaldi that he did not write 600 concertos but one concerto 600 times.
As a non-classical period fan, I get this feeling from Mozart (aside from the Requiem, which is unassailable): the good pieces all have about 2-5% new instantly hummable solo material, but they're surrounded by almost 95-98% of the exact same orchestral accents and turnarounds that he could have written in his sleep or subcontracted out. I know its a Mozart, but I have no fucking clue which one.
I wonder if anyone's done a music score computer analysis to see just how often Mozart cribbed from himself, with only transposition permitted.
Mayberry Pancakes - 2009-03-04 This is completely true. I recognized at least 5 different compositions with similar/identical passages in here. The first time I heard it on the radio I spent a few minutes thinking I was listening to a medley of orchestral themes from Die Zauberflote.