The Seer of Cleveland asks, "Can you explain again why you are listening to each sonata 11 times? I know you explained that before, but I can't find the answer."
I find it fascinating how much access we have to music in 2012 C.E. For most of human existence, to hear music one had to hear live people (or birds, dolphins, waterfalls, etc.). During my lifetime I've mostly heard recorded music. Now, I love recorded music, but I think in a McLuhanesque sense our whole relationship with music has changed over the past 150 years. (I love Paul Schrader's essay on the film canon which deals tangentially with this issue - http://paulschrader.org/articles/pdf/2006-FilmComment_Schrader.pdf .) I remember reading an article about a guy who said his father had a life goal of hearing all nine Beethoven symphonies. He traveled all over Germany to accomplish this goal. Now with recordings one can easily listened to all nine in one afternoon.
I have mostly used music as background for the past thirty or so years. I have it on while driving, reading, working, etc. I have tried over the past few years to spending more time just listening to music. In Finnegans Wake the number 1132 shows up over and over. The fact that the Big B had written 32 piano sonatas nagged at me for years, and I decided to listen to each sonata eleven times. I find it hard to find time sometimes, but over the past two years I've made it through the first 23 sonatas. I find it a wonderful legal means of consciousness alteration much like reading great poetry out loud.