Music which is original is individual and personal. That is to say,
it can be identified as belonging to a particular composer. It has
particular qualities, or a style, which are not copied from another. If
you can recognize the style of a composer, you will probably be able
to tell that a certain composition belongs to him or her even though
you have never heard it before.
A basket-maker has the skill of weaving and interweaving his
materials to create colorful patterns. Similarly, in music a composer
organizes his melodies and rhythm and combines sounds to create
harmony. A composer may be capable of thinking up very good,
original tunes, yet if tunes are poorly organized, that is, if the
workmanship is poor, the final result will not be up to standard. Good
music expresses feelings in a way that is suitable to those feelings.
These may be joy, sorrow, fear, love, anger, or whatever. Bad music,
on the other hand, may exaggerate some feelings and make them
vulgar, that is, cheap and ugly.
Good music will stand the test of time. It will not go out of
fashion but will continue to be enjoyed and respected long after it is
first introduced. It will gain a kind of permanent status while bad
music will disappear and be forgotten quickly. In pop music, where
the general rule seems to be “the newer the better,” the test of time is
the hardest of all to pass.