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The Seventh Symphony (1812) was, at the time, Beethoven’s last and vibrant word on the big style he had cultivated in the previous decade. In the Eighth Symphony (1814) he does something new by seeming to return to something old. He writes, that is, a symphony shorter than any since his First. It is almost as though he wanted to call his entire development throughout that decade into question. Indeed, over the remaining years of his life he would confidently explore in opposite directions, writing bigger pieces than before and ones more compressed, his most rhetorical music and his most inward, his most public and his most esoteric, compositions that plumb the inexhaustible possibilities of the sonata style and those that propose utterly new ways of organizing material, music reaching extremes of the centered and the bizarre.

If, however, we think of the Eight as a nostalgic return to the good old days, we misunderstand it. To say it is 1795 revisited from the vantage point of 1812 is not right either. What interests Beethoven is not so much brevity for its own sake — and certainly not something called “classicism” — as concentration. It is as though he were picking up where he had left off in the densely saturated first movement of the Fifth Symphony to produce another tour de force of tight packing. He had already done something like this two years earlier in one of his most uncompromising works, the F-minor String Quartet, Op. 95. But a symphony is not a “private” connoisseur’s music like a string quartet; by comparison, the Eighth Symphony is Opus 95’s friendly, open-featured cousin, even though its first and last movements bring us some of the most violent moments in Beethoven.


1. The author implies which of the following is a characteristic of "classicism"?

A. nostalgia
B. lack of focus
C. compromising
D. dense saturation
E. works on a smaller scale



2. Which of the following does the author imply about Beethoven's Eighth Symphony?

A. It is compromising, and not vibrant like a piece typical of classicism
B. In it, for the first time, Beethoven explored concentration as an organizing principle for an entire symphony
C. It was more inwardly focused, less rhetorical than the F-minor String Quartet, Op. 95
D. It rejected the sonata style used in the Seventh Symphony, exploring completely new ways to organize music.
E. Compared to his other symphonies, it is a particularly esoteric public work, having both friendly and violent tendencies.



3. The passage provides support for which of the following?

A. Beethoven's Eighth Symphony would not be appreciated by connoisseurs.
B. The Fifth Symphony is the shortest symphony between the First and the Eighth.
C. In 1795, Beethoven composed works that contained less development than the majority of pieces over the next 15 years.
D. The F-minor String Quartet, Op. 95 is one of Beethoven's most esoteric works.
E. Later in life, Beethoven developed significant misgivings about the big development characteristic of Symphonies of his middle period.



4. Which of the following is the purpose of the first sentence of the second paragraph?

A. To introduce the differences between the Eighth Symphony and earlier works of similar scale
B. To indicate how Beethoven felt that nostalgia had no place in symphonic compositions
C. To explain what is so rough and uncompromising about a work such as the Eighth Symphony.
D. To emphasize that the Eighth Symphony had almost nothing in common with Beethoven's previous works, except in the most superficial assessment
E. To demonstrate why the Eighth Symphony was considerably more optimistic than were Beethoven's early works.



5. The author most likely mentioned the F-minor String Quartet, Op. 95 in order to

A. show, by contrast, how friendly and approachable the Eighth Symphony is
B. expand the list of Beethoven's works that could be called a tour de force.
C. provide an example of a work that is concentrated but not violent
D. cite another work similar in formal organization to the Eighth Symphony
E. elucidate the channel by which the Fifth Symphony influenced the Eighth.



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Originally posted by Gnpth on 06 Apr 2015, 06:05.
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Here is the OE.

1. This is a detail question. Classicism is mentioned in the third sentence of the second paragraph. There, by means of an appositive phrase, it seems to equate "brevity for its own sake" with "classicism", so we need something that expresses an idea of brevity ---- of the five answers, only (E), "works of smaller scale", makes any reference to brevity. Choice (E) is the credited answer.


2. The credited answer is (B). The passage makes a big point of saying that, after the Seventh Symphony, Beethoven explored a new organizing principle. The First Symphony was short, but for a different reason. The first movement of the Fifth was concentrated, but in isolating the first movement of that work, the author implies that concentration is not the principle of the entire work. It is the principle of the entire Eighth Symphony, so this is the first time.

In Choice (A), the word "compromising" has a derogatory connotation, but the author clearly has a high opinion of the Eighth symphony. The passage says the Seventh Symphony was the "last and vibrant word on the big style …", so the Seventh Symphony is vibrant, but we have no idea whether any piece typical of classicism would be, nor is it implied that the Eighth is not vibrant. Choice (A) is not correct.

The first paragraph mentions the contrast of "rhetorical" vs. "inward-focused", without explaining it, and it's unclear which the Eighth Symphony occupies. We know that the Quartet was called "private", and the Symphony wasn't "private" --- if it's not "private", that sounds like it would not be "inward-focused". Choice (C) is not correct.

The first paragraph mentions the contrast of "sonata style" vs. "new ways of organizing music", but we have no evidence on which side the Eighth Symphony (or the Seventh Symphony!!) would fall. Choice (D) is not correct.

The first paragraph mentions the word "esoteric", but we have no idea how "esoteric" the Eighth Symphony is, and no idea how "esoteric" any other symphony is. Choice (E) is not correct.


3. The passage implies that the short First Symphony and other pieces exemplifying "classicism" were written before 1795, but after that, he wrote pieces in the "big style", at least up until 1812. Therefore, most of the pieces from 1795-1810 would be bigger, and thus have more development, than pieces from before 1795. Choice (C) is the credited answer.

The author calls the Eighth Symphony a "tour de force", which is high praise. This seems to indicate that it would be appreciated by connoisseurs. Choice (A) is not correct.

We know the First Symphony was short, and we know the Eighth was the shortest since the First. We know the first movement of the Fifth is "tightly packed", which presumably means a little shorter, but we have no idea about the rest of that symphony. We know thing about the other five symphonies in that stretch, so we have no basis on which to drawn this conclusion. Choice (B) is not correct.

We know the Op. 95 Quartet is "uncompromising" and an example of "concentration" in organization, but we have no basis on which to decide whether it is "esoteric." Choice (D) is not correct.

Choice (E) is misleading. The passage uses the phrase: "It is almost as though [Beethoven] wanted to call his entire development throughout that decade into question." This is a metaphor. It does not say Beethoven actually thought anything bad about what he had previous done. It just emphasizes how radically different the new direction was. There is no evidence in the passage that Beethoven actually called any of his work into question. Choice (E) is not correct.

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that was tough in my opinion...
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additional question:
Which of the following is the purpose of the first sentence of the second paragraph?

To introduce the differences between the Eighth Symphony and earlier works of similar scale
To indicate how Beethoven felt that nostalgia had no place in symphonic compositions
To explain what is so rough and uncompromising about a work such as the Eighth Symphony.
To emphasize that the Eighth Symphony had almost nothing in common with Beethoven's previous works, except in the most superficial assessment
To demonstrate why the Eighth Symphony was considerably more optimistic than were Beethoven's early works.

OA is A



The author most likely mentioned the F-minor String Quartet, Op. 95 in order to

A. show, by contrast, how friendly and approachable the Eighth Symphony is
B expand the list of Beethoven's works that could be called a tour de force.
C provide an example of a work that is concentrated but not violent
D. cite another work similar in formal organization to the Eighth Symphony
E. elucidate the channel by which the Fifth Symphony influenced the Eighth.

OA is D
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1. The author implies which of the following is a characteristic of "classicism"?

A. nostalgia
-> 1st sentence of 2nd paragraph said nostagia is wrong
B. lack of focus
-> not mentioned
C. compromising
-> 'He "had already done" something like this two years earlier in one of his most uncompromising work,
the F-minor String Quartet,Op.95
D. dense saturation
-> It is as though he were picking up where he had left off in the densely saturated~
it menas that classicism is not dense saturation.
E. works on a smaller scale
-> Correct
1. 'much brevity for its own sake'
2. The passage aruges that 8th symphony's one of trait is bigger.
classicism differs from 8th symphony so it is correct


2. Which of the following does the author imply about Beethoven's Eighth Symphony?

A. It is compromising, and not vibrant like a piece typical of classicism
-> it is vibrant.
B. In it, for the first time, Beethoven explored concentration as an organizing principle for an entire symphony
-> Not entire symphony. The passage said 8th sympnoy is new.(2dn sentence of 1st paragraph)
C. It was more inwardly focused, less rhetorical than the F-minor String Quartet, Op. 95
-> Correct
Last sentence of 2nd paragraph said
"by comparison, the Eight Sympony is Opus 95's friendly, open-featured cousin, (similar)
even though its first and last movements bring us some of the most violent moments in Beethoven. (diff)"
D. It rejected the sonata style used in the Seventh Symphony, exploring completely new ways to organize music.
-> completely new ways to organize music -> wrong
not organize music, but organize material
E. Compared to his other symphonies, it is a particularly esoteric public work, having both friendly and violent tendencies.
-> 'particularly' is not mentioned. Extreme expression.


3. The passage provides support for which of the following?

A. Beethoven's Eighth Symphony would not be appreciated by connoisseurs.
-> not mentioned.
B. The Fifth Symphony is the shortest symphony between the First and the Eighth.
-> not mentioned
C. In 1795, Beethoven composed works that contained less development than the majority of pieces over the next 15 years.
-> Correct.
'To say it is 1795 revisited from the vantage point of 1812 is not right either.
What interests Beethoven is not so much brevity for its own sake-and certainly not
something called "classicism" - as concentration."

: It looks like brevity is wrong. But this passage wants to said that
1795 includes brevity, but just it is not interest of Beethoven.
It means that 1795 Beethoven composed works that contained less development
D. The F-minor String Quartet, Op. 95 is one of Beethoven's most esoteric works.
-> 8th symphony is the most esoteric works
E. Later in life, Beethoven developed significant misgivings about the big development characteristic of Symphonies of his middle period.
-> 'misgiving' is wrong
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additional questions
The author most likely mentioned the F-minor String Quartet, Op. 95 in order to

A show, by contrast, how friendly and approachable the Eighth Symphony is
B expand the list of Beethoven's works that could be called a tour de force.
C provide an example of a work that is concentrated but not violent
D cite another work similar in formal organization to the Eighth Symphony
E elucidate the channel by which the Fifth Symphony influenced the Eighth.

OA is D
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additional question:
Which of the following is the purpose of the first sentence of the second paragraph?

To introduce the differences between the Eighth Symphony and earlier works of similar scale
To indicate how Beethoven felt that nostalgia had no place in symphonic compositions
To explain what is so rough and uncompromising about a work such as the Eighth Symphony.
To emphasize that the Eighth Symphony had almost nothing in common with Beethoven's previous works, except in the most superficial assessment
To demonstrate why the Eighth Symphony was considerably more optimistic than were Beethoven's early works.

OA is A



The author most likely mentioned the F-minor String Quartet, Op. 95 in order to

A. show, by contrast, how friendly and approachable the Eighth Symphony is
B expand the list of Beethoven's works that could be called a tour de force.
C provide an example of a work that is concentrated but not violent
D. cite another work similar in formal organization to the Eighth Symphony
E. elucidate the channel by which the Fifth Symphony influenced the Eighth.

OA is D

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Please add these questions to the Passage.

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Hey Adi93 ,

Added both the questions. Thank you!
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