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I have read the works of Fux and Rameau,

 

I am interested in writing music in the style of the baroque and the classical.

 

Before I practice their teachings I have some questions:

 

Apparently Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms ALL studied along the lines of Fux, and disagreed with much of Rameau's teachings.

 

Again, considering that I am ONLY interested in writing music in the style of the baroque and the classical, should I abandon Rameau and stick only to Fux?

 

I asked this question a month ago, but did not give as much information.

 

Thanks.

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The best way to start is to write something!

 

If you were to follow Fux, then I believe he says something to the effect of "only undertake this study if you have such a strong desire that you can't help yourself" at the beginning. It would be a mistake to go through those two treatises without making any attempt to write something. 

 

On Rameau, apparently Mattheson and Kirnberger get referenced more by some later scholars, so take that for what it's worth

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I have read the works of Fux and Rameau,

 

I am interested in writing music in the style of the baroque and the classical.

 

Before I practice their teachings I have some questions:

 

Apparently Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms ALL studied along the lines of Fux, and disagreed with much of Rameau's teachings.

 

Again, considering that I am ONLY interested in writing music in the style of the baroque and the classical, should I abandon Rameau and stick only to Fux?

 

I asked this question a month ago, but did not give as much information.

 

Thanks.

 

Hi there!

 

Very good that you want to learn to write baroque/classical. I guess the first thing you need to do is find your favorite style and practice how the musical language for that particular style is. This is a long process, to make it natural for your mind to speak in this language. What I would do is to start with just one style. do NOT start with combining french and german.

Fux is a great way to learn counterpoint, but you have to practice your stylistic manner simultaneously, because the knowledge of counterpoint and harmony its just 1/3 of the cake.

 

1/3 Counterpoint/Harmony

1/3 Melodic language/form etc

1/3 Musical expression/affects/stylus fantasticus/etc

 

Good luck to you!

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