BenG I think you are on to something there. I think that the, shall we say tirelessness, of a piece of music is one indication of its greatness. It's a subjective way of rating music, but musical appreciation is a subjective thing. <BR>Just to show how subjective it is I'll use the example of my brother. He <I>loves</I> to listen to the same piece of music over and over again. He's homeschooled, and I've known him to sit in his room with his CD player set to repeat Beethoven's Choral Fantasy for an entire day. What's more, he will go on doing that for weeks (and I'm not exaggerating). He does this with most pieces of music to which he listens. The Choral Fantasy is the longest-running I've heard so far, but there are some close runners-up. You know, I wasn't there the whole time, but I was mildly sick of the Choral Fantasy when he got done with it. He wasn't; he only switched because he had a new CD to try. So, I think personality enters into this litmus test a great deal. I am much different. This is going to sound like terrible laziness, but I absolutely hate getting a CD out and playing it. The main reason is that I get really diffident when confronted with a plethora of CDs. I can't make up my mind which I want to hear. Even if I do make up my mind, I usually regret my choice. The funny thing is I am quite content with almost anything someone else picks and plays for me. That's one of the reasons I like beethoven radio.
In any case, I think it is a good test, but, like any test of art, it will vary greatly among individuals. Another test might be how universally a piece of music appeals to people, especially over time. <BR>BTW, the Choral Fantasy remains one of my favorite works by Beethoven. Probably I just have a lower tolerance for repetition than some others.
<P> -- EJA<p>[This message has been edited by EJA (edited 03-28-2001).]