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The Seventh Symphony (1812) was, at the time, Beethoven’s last and

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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"?

nostalgia
lack of focus
compromising
dense saturation
works on a smaller scale



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

It is compromising, and not vibrant like a piece typical of classicism
In it, for the first time, Beethoven explored concentration as an organizing principle for an entire symphony
It was more inwardly focused, less rhetorical than the F-minor String Quartet, Op. 95
It rejected the sonata style used in the Seventh Symphony, exploring completely new ways to organize music.
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?

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



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Can someone explain Q2? I chose E because of these lines
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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.


How is answer E incorrect and B correct?
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Can anyone help with the second and the third question? Please provide support from the passage as well..

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If i get something like this in real exam, i am dead
We will appreciate magoosh team to explain this passage in detail
mikemcgarry can you help us with this passage?
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Someone please explain answers to Q2 and Q3.
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If i get something like this in real exam, i am dead
We will appreciate magoosh team to explain this passage in detail
mikemcgarry can you help us with this passage?


I totally agree! :lol: :lol:
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Can someone explain Q2? I chose E because of these lines
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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.


How is answer E incorrect and B correct?



I went with the Same reasoning.Can any one explain Question 2.

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:dazed I was sweating hard while reading this passage and even harder while solving the questions. What do you think of the below?

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

Let's start with the line mentioning classicism: Beethoven is not so much brevity for its own sake — and certainly not something called “classicism”
-> Beethoven's music is typically doesn't belong to classicism category.

nostalgia - 'If, however, we think of the Eight as a nostalgic return to the good old days, we misunderstand it" - the 8th symphony isn't a nostalgic return. it talks explicitly about 8th symphony and doesn't release to classicism

lack of focus - this is a misleading choice: 'What interests Beethoven is not so much brevity for its own sake — and certainly not something called “classicism” — as concentration' Beethoven is interested in concentration in his music, and not interested in classicism. It wouldn't be reasonable to conclude that the author implies lack of focus as a characteristic of classicism.

compromising - 'in one of his most uncompromising works, the F-minor String Quartet, Op. 95' - Fminor was an uncompromising work, but it doesn't mean classicism is compromising

dense saturation - describing 5th symphony specifically - "It is as though he were picking up where he had left off in the densely saturated first movement of the Fifth Symphony"

works on a smaller scale - "Indeed, over the remaining years of his life he would confidently explore in opposite directions, writing bigger pieces than before and ones more compressed, ...., compositions that plumb the inexhaustible possibilities of the sonata style." - he is writing bigger pieces following sonata style. This statement doesn't describe one of his work but his style and since the passage mentions later that his work is not something belonging to classicism, I guess we could conclude that the elements describing sonata style are not describing classicism
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Please explain Q2 and Q3.
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How would one approach such a difficult question on gmat, reading and entire analysis please
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Can someone post solutions for question 2 and 3?
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Can someone post solutions for question 2 and 3?
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Just found out that this question had been posted some years back; contains explanations too. Check here:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-seventh- ... l#p1512269
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