Which one of the following concepts is linked to positive musical experiences in both passages?

on December 3 at 06:41PM

Passage A

Passage A describes music that is too complex as overwhelming, so how is complexity the correct answer?

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Ben on December 3 at 10:34PM

Hi Kaitlyn, thanks for the question.

I see what you mean by the fact that passage A discusses too much complexity being overwhelming. But note that the passage clearly says in lines 1-2 that a certain complexity can have a positive effect on listeners. It then supports this notion throughout much of the passage. But just like anything good, too much of it becomes unwelcome.

Sushi is the best (IMO) but too much sushi and you will feel overfull, tired, and nauseous.
Hot weather on the beach is nice, but too hot and it becomes uncomfortable.

This can be applied to virtually everything.

Passage B also says in lines 60-61 that a trained listener will have a greater preference for complex melodies. This links complexity to a positive musical experience.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions.