Recently, there was a swell thread here about the common viewpoint that all classical music is "relaxing." Similarly, the other day I lent some music to a friend of mine as he was going on a long car trip. His comment? "Classical music is too repetitive." Boy, did that one baffle me a bit... out of all the genres to call repetitive! I didn't take the issue much further with him, but it got me thinking about how I would respond.
Are you aware of any other widely-held generalizations about classical music that you don't hold to be correct? How would you address them?