Is it possible to be judge a piece of music objectively?
There is a school of thought which says " If I like it it's good, if I dislike it it's bad"
Whereas I believe that a judgement based solely on a subjective response is not a judgment at all, at least not one worth considering.
As a composer, even when writing for 'oneself' as opposed to writing 'applied' music to order, is it not the case that one must strive for objectivity?
It is my belief that whatever choices one makes in a composition, it is the musical logic, language and unity of any particular piece that should inform those choices. At least to some extent. Anything which appears as arbitrary can only weaken the piece.
( This is a topic some of us were discussing in another thread but was deemed 'off topic' so perhaps we can carry on here.)