Quote Exalted Wombat:Quote Phil Reynolds:
Objectively, all music IS of equal worth - Limp Bizkit, Beethoven, Nick Drake, Photek. Doesn't matter. It's just numbers.
Which is merely saying that you're analysing at a level where "worth" is a meaningless concept. Making what could be a fascinating subject very boring :-)
I think it's an interesting question. Both approaches have their pros and cons. I suppose I am happy with the concept of worth - but cautious about the snobbery, received wisdom and lazy thinking that can ensue.
I mean a government education expert once argued that children should be taught that Schubert was better than Blur. I think that's knee-jerk snobbery and that children should be taught to consider the issues and decide for themselves. But I don't really want school children being taught that everything is of equal worth either .
In fact there was funny ending to to the Blur/Schubert story, when someone on the radio dug up an obscure Schubert song that sounded very similar to Blur's House in the Country. Suggesting Schubert is no better or worse, but the same as Blur.
You live. You learn.