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Re: How much of our love of scores can be classified objective?
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• Posted by: Philipp
• Date: Monday, June 27, 2022, at 12:32 p.m.
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• In Response to: How much of our love of scores can be classifi... (Riley KZ)

Liking a score is very likely subjective, but if a large number of people like a score, can it then also be labeled to be 'objectively good'? Would be an interesting question. cool

Besides, I know dozens of scores which I would label as objectively good because the composition and instrumentation is highly sophisticated, but they are still not enjoyable for me. This goes vice versa.

> So we talk and debate this kind of stuff a lot - what’s objectively or
> subjectively bad or good when it comes to art. I think usually we fall on
> the side of 80% of what we like is purely subjective and the 20%
> objectivity, say, happens if an instrument is accidentally out of tune and
> therefore “not good”, I dunno.

> But how much of this, especially with film scores and the role they must
> play, can be just quantifiably and objectively labelled as great (or bad)
> regardless of your personal opinion? A little? Some? Tons?

> Mostly asking because I watched Once Upon a Time in the West again the
> other day and I just don’t think I’m wrong in saying it’s objectively
> great movie music. Personally, yes I love it and love listening to it, but
> man, even if I didn’t, how it fits the flick perfectly and helps tell the
> story (and fill us in on character motivation and emotion) is just
> objectively goddamn great. Like, 100% so, not that 80% silliness I
> mentioned earlier.

> I dunno….what do you folks think? How much is personal, and are there are
> any famous or major times where we can just say “screw personal, that’s
> masterful music right there”?

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