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Nearly all the music heard at an orchestral performance today contains pitch relationships that do not precisely match those that musical instruments naturally produce. This is because the members of a modern orchestra read musical notation that, more than 99% of the time, represents a tempered system of tuning. In the tempered system, certain pitch relationships are slightly altered from those that naturally occur in vibrating bodies such as musical instruments. In non-tempered tuning systems, these relationships are not altered.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?


A. Because of lifelong exposure to tempered tuning systems, most people perceive music written using non-tempered tuning systems as being out-of-tune.

B. Orchestra musicians always play music exactly as it is notated.

C. The tempered tuning system is used by the vast majority of jazz and rock musicians.

D. The standard orchestral repertoire is drawn from music written during the last three centuries, during which time composers have almost always used musical notation that represents the tempered system of tuning.

E. The tempered system of tuning allows musicians to make key changes more easily than does the non-tempered.

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Nearly all the music heard at an orchestral performance today contains pitch relationships that do not precisely match those that musical instruments naturally produce. This is because the members of a modern orchestra read musical notation that, more than 99% of the time, represents a tempered system of tuning. In the tempered system, certain pitch relationships are slightly altered from those that naturally occur in vibrating bodies such as musical instruments. In non-tempered tuning systems, these relationships are not altered.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?


A. Because of lifelong exposure to tempered tuning systems, most people perceive music written using non-tempered tuning systems as being out-of-tune. how people perceive written music does not make an impact here and how musicians in orchestra interprets and act on the interpretation is what matters.

B. Orchestra musicians always play music exactly as it is notated. Correct as it is coherent with the explanation between the conclusion and the premise used to explain the scenario.

C. The tempered tuning system is used by the vast majority of jazz and rock musicians. the argument focuses on orchestral performance and not on jazz or rock.

D. The standard orchestral repertoire is drawn from music written during the last three centuries, during which time composers have almost always used musical notation that represents the tempered system of tuning. the origin of repertoire is not discussed in the argument

E. The tempered system of tuning allows musicians to make key changes more easily than does the non-tempered
this is out of scope as whether the tempered system allows musicians to make key changes easily is out of scope in the argument.
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New post 18 Dec 2018, 19:47
Bunuel wrote:
Nearly all the music heard at an orchestral performance today contains pitch relationships that do not precisely match those that musical instruments naturally produce. This is because the members of a modern orchestra read musical notation that, more than 99% of the time, represents a tempered system of tuning. In the tempered system, certain pitch relationships are slightly altered from those that naturally occur in vibrating bodies such as musical instruments. In non-tempered tuning systems, these relationships are not altered.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?


A. Because of lifelong exposure to tempered tuning systems, most people perceive music written using non-tempered tuning systems as being out-of-tune.

B. Orchestra musicians always play music exactly as it is notated.

C. The tempered tuning system is used by the vast majority of jazz and rock musicians.

D. The standard orchestral repertoire is drawn from music written during the last three centuries, during which time composers have almost always used musical notation that represents the tempered system of tuning.

E. The tempered system of tuning allows musicians to make key changes more easily than does the non-tempered.


Tough question, I got this wrong and selected D

My understanding for why this is incorrect is because even if the composers have written the music to represent tempered system of tuning, the musicians could always alter how the play the music, so there is still a gap in logic to the argument that "all the music heard at an orchestral performance today contains pitch relationships that do not precisely match those that musical instruments naturally produce."

Please let me know if my logic is incorrect.
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can someone explain why B and not E ???
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B and D are the closest answer: Explanation below





A. Because of lifelong exposure to tempered tuning systems, most people perceive music written using non-tempered tuning systems as being out-of-tune.

B. Orchestra musicians always play music exactly as it is notated.

With the help of the premise it completes the correct answer.
C. The tempered tuning system is used by the vast majority of jazz and rock musicians.

D. The standard orchestral repertoire is drawn from music written during the last three centuries, during which time composers have almost always used musical notation that represents the tempered system of tuning.


Not standard, all orchestral perfomance should have tempered tuning.
E. The tempered system of tuning allows musicians to make key changes more easily than does the non-tempered.
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can someone explain why B and not E ???

My friend here is the original question.

Nearly all the music heard at an orchestral performance today contains pitch relationships that do not precisely match those that musical instruments naturally produce. This is because the members of a modern orchestra read musical notation that, more than 99% of the time, represents a tempered system of tuning. In the tempered system, certain pitch relationships are slightly altered from those that naturally occur in vibrating bodies such as musical instruments. In non-tempered tuning systems, these relationships are not altered.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

If the information above is correct, which of the following can be most properly concluded?

B. Orchestra musicians always play music exactly as it is notated.
E. The tempered system of tuning allows musicians to make key changes more easily than does the non-tempered.

B says that the Orchestra musicians always play music exactly as it is notated. This is a very serious thing. If they do not always play music as as it is notated then we can not say for sure which music is which and the argument falls apart. We can not distinguish between music.

E Ease of change is not discussed in the argument rather it is musical notation. Out of scope.
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