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# It is the mark of a superior conductor that he or she

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It is the mark of a superior conductor that he or she has the authority to insist, even with a top orchestra, that rehearsal work must be intensified. This authority cannot simply be claimed, the conductor must earn it by winning the orchestra’s respect for the artistic interpretations he or she is currently pursuing.

In taking the position outlined, the author presupposes which one of the following?

(A) Superior conductors devise different interpretations of composition for each orchestra with which they perform it.
(B) Superior conductors are perfectionists who are never satisfied with any performance even by a top orchestra.
(C) Top orchestras are always ready to put in additional work on rehearsals if the conductor considers additional rehearsing necessary.
(D) Top orchestras can appreciate the merits of an interpretation even before they have brought it to full realization.
(E) Even top orchestras are not always led by superior conductors.

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22 Sep 2017, 07:40
broall wrote:
It is the mark of a superior conductor that he or she has the authority to insist, even with a top orchestra, that rehearsal work must be intensified. This authority cannot simply be claimed, the conductor must earn it by winning the orchestra’s respect for the artistic interpretations he or she is currently pursuing.

In taking the position outlined, the author presupposes which one of the following?

(A) Superior conductors devise different interpretations of composition for each orchestra with which they perform it.
(B) Superior conductors are perfectionists who are never satisfied with any performance even by a top orchestra.
(C) Top orchestras are always ready to put in additional work on rehearsals if the conductor considers additional rehearsing necessary.
(D) Top orchestras can appreciate the merits of an interpretation even before they have brought it to full realization.
(E) Even top orchestras are not always led by superior conductors.

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Premise : It is the mark of a superior conductor that he or she has the authority to insist, even with a top orchestra, that rehearsal work must be intensified.

Conclusion : This authority cannot simply be claimed,the conductor must earn it by winning the orchestra’s respect for the artistic interpretations(AI) he or she is currently pursuing.

Assumption : When the conductor has artistic interpretations the orchestra team likes that and in this way he earns respect and this is the only way...

(A) Superior conductors devise different interpretations of composition for each orchestra with which they perform it. =>There is no discussion of implementation of different compositions.

(B) Superior conductors are perfectionists who are never satisfied with any performance even by a top orchestra. => No discussion about satisfaction.

(C) Top orchestras are always ready to put in additional work on rehearsals if the conductor considers additional rehearsing necessary. => Irrelevant as readiness is not part of the argument.

(D) Top orchestras can appreciate the merits of an interpretation even before they have brought it to full realization. => This is as per our pre-thinking that when conductor shows up AI then Orchestras CAN appreciate and that way he can earn the respect. If they won't appreciate the AI then the conclusion is weakened.

(E) Even top orchestras are not always led by superior conductors => Leading always is not part of discussion...out of scope

IMO D is fine..
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22 Sep 2017, 07:57
I too think D is correct.
Top orchestras can appreciate the merits of an interpretation even before they have brought it to full realization.

Negate this and the conclusion will fall apart.

i.e Top orchestras cannot appreciate the merits of an interpretation before it( interpretation) has been brought to full realization.

In that case that the orchestra wont give respect to the conductor before the work interpretation is done and hence the conclusion breaks apart.

Correct me if I am wrong.
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12 Dec 2017, 22:34
broall wrote:
It is the mark of a superior conductor that he or she has the authority to insist, even with a top orchestra, that rehearsal work must be intensified. This authority cannot simply be claimed, the conductor must earn it by winning the orchestra’s respect for the artistic interpretations he or she is currently pursuing.

In taking the position outlined, the author presupposes which one of the following?

(A) Superior conductors devise different interpretations of composition for each orchestra with which they perform it.
(B) Superior conductors are perfectionists who are never satisfied with any performance even by a top orchestra.
(C) Top orchestras are always ready to put in additional work on rehearsals if the conductor considers additional rehearsing necessary.
(D) Top orchestras can appreciate the merits of an interpretation even before they have brought it to full realization.
(E) Even top orchestras are not always led by superior conductors.

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have to earn authority by getting orch. to respect your current vision-->
authority to demand more practice is something that can't be just claimed

(D) tells us that for this to make sense, the orchestra has to be able to appreciate the interpretation even though they need to practice harder to be good at it. Otherwise, the orchestra would never be able to appreciate the conductor's vision, and so by it's terms, he/she would never be able to insist on more practice.

(A) for EVERY orchestra they devise different interpretations?

(B) NEVER satisfied even by a TOP orchestra?

(C) They're ALWAYS ready to put in more work?

If you negate this, you're saying
"At least one time, a top orchestra was not willing to put in additional work even when the conductor considered it necessary".

This doesn't hurt the author's argument at all.

First of all, this answer doesn't specify we're dealing with a "superior conductor". The author would happily agree to the negation of (C). She would say, "Of course! When a mediocre conductor insists extra rehearsal is necessary, a top orchestra might not agree and not be ready to put in additional work."

Even with a top conductor, the author never made it sound like a guarantee that the top orchestra would ALWAYS agree to do the extra work.

Her specific point is that a top conductor can't just CLAIM "we need more rehearsals" (the idea being that simply claiming it wouldn't impel the orchestra to do the extra practice).

The top conductor gets the orchestra to believe in the interpretation the conductor is pursuing (with the idea being that once the orchestra believes in the interpretation, they will be self-motivated to put in the extra practice).
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12 Dec 2017, 22:59
For me the answer is D.

(D) Top orchestras can appreciate the merits of an interpretation even before they have brought it to full realization.

It is the mark of a superior conductor that he or she has the authority to insist, even with a top orchestra, that rehearsal work must be intensified. This authority cannot simply be claimed, the conductor must earn it by winning the orchestra’s respect for the artistic interpretations he or she is currently pursuing.

Since the authority needs to be earned for artistic interpretation, the orchestra should know when the interpretation is good and hence can provide the authority.
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13 Dec 2017, 03:17
D is the answer. But i feel the argument lacks a conclusion. Second sentence in the argument is just another statement and it presupposes D.
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