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# Composer: The works of Mozart’s sister, Maria Anna Mozart (nicknamed N

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Composer: The works of Mozart’s sister, Maria Anna Mozart (nicknamed Nannerl), unfortunately have not survived to the present-day. However, there is evidence as a child she travelled between European cities with her famous brother, showcasing her considerable harpsichord and pianoforte skills. Had her work survived, it’s likely posterity would have recognized two genius Mozarts, rather than one.

Which of the following best suggests that the conclusion suggested by the composer is justified?

A There are diary entries and correspondence that have survived to present-day which indicate Nannerl was as prolific as her brother.
B Most of Mozart’s musical ability was inherited from his parents who were themselves talented musicians.
C The composer’s opinion is shared by most experts on the Mozart family.
D Women were not encouraged in Mozart’s day to become professional musicians.
E Mozart’s earliest contributions were on the violin, while Nannerl’s were likely to be on the keyboard.

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Composer: The works of Mozart’s sister, Maria Anna Mozart (nicknamed Nannerl), unfortunately have not survived to the present-day. However, there is evidence as a child she travelled between European cities with her famous brother, showcasing her considerable harpsichord and pianoforte skills. Had her work survived, it’s likely posterity would have recognized two genius Mozarts, rather than one.

Which of the following best suggests that the conclusion suggested by the composer is justified?

A There are diary entries and correspondence that have survived to present-day which indicate Nannerl was as prolific as her brother.
B Most of Mozart’s musical ability was inherited from his parents who were themselves talented musicians.
C The composer’s opinion is shared by most experts on the Mozart family.
D Women were not encouraged in Mozart’s day to become professional musicians.
E Mozart’s earliest contributions were on the violin, while Nannerl’s were likely to be on the keyboard.

I'm happy to respond.

I am completely charmed by the topic, because of course the music of Mozart is magical. Nevertheless, are you sure that you posted the correct OA? I was sure that the OA is (B).

Here's my analysis:
(A) There are diary entries and correspondence that have survived to present-day which indicate Nannerl was as prolific as her brother.
OK, so she composed a great quantity, but does that tell us anything about the quality? Many minor composers were able to churn out a large quantity of compositions, but the quality of all their works put together does not match a single Mozart composition. This doesn't guarantee anything.

(B) Most of Mozart’s musical ability was inherited from his parents who were themselves talented musicians.
If Mozart inherited his musical abilities, then it would seem at least plausible that his sister would as well.

BTW, (B) is not completely historically accurate: Mozart's father Leopold was a musician, but not his mother Anna.

I think (B) is a stronger answer. I don't know what the source says.

Finally, quite gratuitously, here is Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581.

Does all this make sense?
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mikemcgarry wrote:
Composer: The works of Mozart’s sister, Maria Anna Mozart (nicknamed Nannerl), unfortunately have not survived to the present-day. However, there is evidence as a child she travelled between European cities with her famous brother, showcasing her considerable harpsichord and pianoforte skills. Had her work survived, it’s likely posterity would have recognized two genius Mozarts, rather than one.

Which of the following best suggests that the conclusion suggested by the composer is justified?

A There are diary entries and correspondence that have survived to present-day which indicate Nannerl was as prolific as her brother.
B Most of Mozart’s musical ability was inherited from his parents who were themselves talented musicians.
C The composer’s opinion is shared by most experts on the Mozart family.
D Women were not encouraged in Mozart’s day to become professional musicians.
E Mozart’s earliest contributions were on the violin, while Nannerl’s were likely to be on the keyboard.

I'm happy to respond.

I am completely charmed by the topic, because of course the music of Mozart is magical. Nevertheless, are you sure that you posted the correct OA? I was sure that the OA is (B).

Here's my analysis:
(A) There are diary entries and correspondence that have survived to present-day which indicate Nannerl was as prolific as her brother.
OK, so she composed a great quantity, but does that tell us anything about the quality? Many minor composers were able to churn out a large quantity of compositions, but the quality of all their works put together does not match a single Mozart composition. This doesn't guarantee anything.

(B) Most of Mozart’s musical ability was inherited from his parents who were themselves talented musicians.
If Mozart inherited his musical abilities, then it would seem at least plausible that his sister would as well.

BTW, (B) is not completely historically accurate: Mozart's father Leopold was a musician, but not his mother Anna.

I think (B) is a stronger answer. I don't know what the source says.

Finally, quite gratuitously, here is Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581.

Does all this make sense?
Mike

Thanks Sir, for such a nice explanation, here is the reasoning of this question by the Publisher of the question

The correct answer is (A). If Nannerl had demonstrated considerable harpsichord and pianoforte skills on tours with her brother, then finding diary entries and correspondence that indicate that Nannerl was as prolific as her brother will tend to suggest that both Nannerl and her brother were geniuses and that Nannerl would have been recognized as a genius by posterity if her works had survived.

Answer choice B is not correct. Just because Wolfgang inherited musical abilities from his parents does not mean that his sister would have inherited the same abilities. Nannerl could have inherited traits (that were suppressed in her parents) from her grandparents who were not as talented as her parents.

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Thanks Sir, for such a nice explanation, here is the reasoning of this question by the Publisher of the question

The correct answer is (A). If Nannerl had demonstrated considerable harpsichord and pianoforte skills on tours with her brother, then finding diary entries and correspondence that indicate that Nannerl was as prolific as her brother will tend to suggest that both Nannerl and her brother were geniuses and that Nannerl would have been recognized as a genius by posterity if her works had survived.

Answer choice B is not correct. Just because Wolfgang inherited musical abilities from his parents does not mean that his sister would have inherited the same abilities. Nannerl could have inherited traits (that were suppressed in her parents) from her grandparents who were not as talented as her parents.

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I'm happy to respond.

I don't find the OE convincing at all. If that's their logic, then this is a poor question. It's very easy for someone who writes a CR question to justify the logic of it in his head. It's much harder to write a question that would appeal to experts in general.

Does this make sense?
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Re: Composer: The works of Mozart’s sister, Maria Anna Mozart (nicknamed N  [#permalink]

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14 Sep 2017, 03:58
mikemcgarry wrote:
Composer: The works of Mozart’s sister, Maria Anna Mozart (nicknamed Nannerl), unfortunately have not survived to the present-day. However, there is evidence as a child she travelled between European cities with her famous brother, showcasing her considerable harpsichord and pianoforte skills. Had her work survived, it’s likely posterity would have recognized two genius Mozarts, rather than one.

Which of the following best suggests that the conclusion suggested by the composer is justified?

A There are diary entries and correspondence that have survived to present-day which indicate Nannerl was as prolific as her brother.
B Most of Mozart’s musical ability was inherited from his parents who were themselves talented musicians.

D Women were not encouraged in Mozart’s day to become professional musicians.
E Mozart’s earliest contributions were on the violin, while Nannerl’s were likely to be on the keyboard.

I'm happy to respond.

I am completely charmed by the topic, because of course the music of Mozart is magical. Nevertheless, are you sure that you posted the correct OA? I was sure that the OA is (B).

Here's my analysis:
(A) There are diary entries and correspondence that have survived to present-day which indicate Nannerl was as prolific as her brother.
OK, so she composed a great quantity, but does that tell us anything about the quality? Many minor composers were able to churn out a large quantity of compositions, but the quality of all their works put together does not match a single Mozart composition. This doesn't guarantee anything.

(B) Most of Mozart’s musical ability was inherited from his parents who were themselves talented musicians.
If Mozart inherited his musical abilities, then it would seem at least plausible that his sister would as well.

BTW, (B) is not completely historically accurate: Mozart's father Leopold was a musician, but not his mother Anna.

I think (B) is a stronger answer. I don't know what the source says.

Finally, quite gratuitously, here is Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581.

Does all this make sense?
Mike

if my parents are smart, I am smart. It doesn't mean my brother would be smart too.

I think it is bet A & C
C The composer’s opinion is shared by most experts on the Mozart family.
if If I am saying things that are mostly believed to be true by authority. that strengthen my opinion too.
what's the reason to discard C?
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14 Sep 2017, 10:39
mikemcgarry wrote:
Composer: The works of Mozart’s sister, Maria Anna Mozart (nicknamed Nannerl), unfortunately have not survived to the present-day. However, there is evidence as a child she travelled between European cities with her famous brother, showcasing her considerable harpsichord and pianoforte skills. Had her work survived, it’s likely posterity would have recognized two genius Mozarts, rather than one.

Which of the following best suggests that the conclusion suggested by the composer is justified?

A There are diary entries and correspondence that have survived to present-day which indicate Nannerl was as prolific as her brother.
B Most of Mozart’s musical ability was inherited from his parents who were themselves talented musicians.

D Women were not encouraged in Mozart’s day to become professional musicians.
E Mozart’s earliest contributions were on the violin, while Nannerl’s were likely to be on the keyboard.

I'm happy to respond.

I am completely charmed by the topic, because of course the music of Mozart is magical. Nevertheless, are you sure that you posted the correct OA? I was sure that the OA is (B).

Here's my analysis:
(A) There are diary entries and correspondence that have survived to present-day which indicate Nannerl was as prolific as her brother.
OK, so she composed a great quantity, but does that tell us anything about the quality? Many minor composers were able to churn out a large quantity of compositions, but the quality of all their works put together does not match a single Mozart composition. This doesn't guarantee anything.

(B) Most of Mozart’s musical ability was inherited from his parents who were themselves talented musicians.
If Mozart inherited his musical abilities, then it would seem at least plausible that his sister would as well.

BTW, (B) is not completely historically accurate: Mozart's father Leopold was a musician, but not his mother Anna.

I think (B) is a stronger answer. I don't know what the source says.

Finally, quite gratuitously, here is Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581.

Does all this make sense?
Mike

if my parents are smart, I am smart. It doesn't mean my brother would be smart too.

I think it is bet A & C
C The composer’s opinion is shared by most experts on the Mozart family.
if If I am saying things that are mostly believed to be true by authority. that strengthen my opinion too.
what's the reason to discard C?

Mike is correct in saying that this is not a good quality question.
I went with C.
if Most experts believe that the sister was as good as the brother , then definitely this strengthens the argument.
On the other hand " who made those diary entries ". May be someone who does not understand art as well as experts do. In this case A would not strengthen the argument.
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A & C were my two options as well, but I went ahead with A because considering there are no records of the sister's actual performances/pieces, how can a group of experts believe that she was as good as her brother? There has to be evidence from the time she was alive for the experts to form such an opinion- option A fills this gap.
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