— Wim Mertens (1999)
The musical argument may be characterized as the primary flow and current idea being presented in a piece:
The very definition of musical argument is something that keeps going, and you uncover new details and new combinations. A musical argument is not the same as a verbal argument. A verbal argument implies that there's [sic] two sides; a musical argument makes the two sides one thing, like counterpoint. A fugue is like that; a double fugue, at least, takes two different ideas and shows you how they relate, and it shows you how they're the same thing.— Phil Lesh (1982)
Thus one may hear of a musical argument being interrupted, extended, or repeated.
- The purpose of the dialectic method of reasoning is resolution of disagreement through rational discussion between opposing viewpoints.
- Mertens, Wim (1999). American Minimal Music: La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, reprinted edition (London: Kahn & Averill), p.88. ISBN 1871082005. Quoted in LaBelle, Brandon (2006). Background Noise (London and New York: Continuum), p.7. ISBN 9780826418449.
- LaBelle (2006), p.7.
- Gans, David (2002). Conversations With The Dead, p.166. ISBN 9780306810992.