This paper defends the thesis that value in a piece of music is based in its formal properties rather than its non-formal properties. Two arguments are presented to support this conclusion. The first argument shows that if value in music is to be objective, then it must be grounded in a piece's formal properties rather than its non-formal properties. In the second argument, a number of alternate possibilities for grounding value in music are considered and shown to miss the mark or be inadequate. Finally, a number of possible objections against the arguments and conclusion are considered and possible responses to them given.
Yee, Thomas B.
"Formal Properties as the Basis for Value in Music,"
Vol. 8, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.pepperdine.edu/globaltides/vol8/iss1/2