godot The paying audience missed out on most of the show.
godot 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 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.