What makes “good” music? Yet another criterion for judging.


As I continue to try to pin down what makes music good or bad, I'm proposing another criterion to help judging: being enigmatic.  I have concluded that good music is at least partially enigmatic. Good music always has mystery in its fabric.  If a piece is too direct, or if we understand the piece completely, …

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What makes “good” music? Another criterion for judging.


In a continuation of a previous post, I figured I'd introduce another criterion that helps to define if music is "good" or "bad": focus.  Good music has at least some semblance of focus. Many times there is a temptation on the composer's or commissioner's part to include everything under the sun into a piece.  This …

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