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One reason why European music has had such a strong influence throughout the world, and why it is a sophisticated achievement, is that over time the original function of the music—whether ritual, dance, or worship—gradually became an aspect of its style, not its defining force. Dance music could stand independent of dance, for example, and sacred music independent of religious worship, because each composition has so much internal coherence that the music ultimately depends on nothing but itself.

The claims made above are compatible with each of the following EXCEPT:

(A) African music has had a more powerful impact on the world than European music has had.
(B) European military and economic expansionism partially explains the global influence of European music.
(C) The original functions of many types of Chinese music are no longer their defining forces.
(D) Music that is unintelligible when it is presented independently of its original function tends to be the most sophisticated music.
(E) Some works of art lose their appeal when they are presented to serve a function other than their original one.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2007, 15:10
My reasoning is a little shaky. The question asks for an answer that is not compatible with the argument.

(A) African music has had a more powerful impact on the world than European music has had.

Does not negate the claim that european music had powerful impact.

(B) European military and economic expansionism partially explains the global influence of European music.

Compatible with the claim that european music had global influence

(C) The original functions of many types of Chinese music are no longer their defining forces.

Does not negate any claim in the argument.

(E) Some works of art lose their appeal when they are presented to serve a function other than their original one.

Does not negate any claim in the argument.
(D) Music that is unintelligible when it is presented independently of its original function tends to be the most sophisticated music.

Directly negates the claim that european music is sophisticated. European music does not meet the criteria spelled out by D, so the claim that achievement of european music is 'sophisticated' cannot be true.

I arrived at D by POE. Not the best explanation, but my 2 cents-for what they are worth.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2007, 15:47
D by POE.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2007, 16:42
B indicates that europe's military and economic expansion was a reason and not the one cited in the argument

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sorry take it back ... D looks like it ... since the claim is that european music is sophisticated and D along with what is cited in the arg refutes the fact that european music is sophisticated
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