classical music restrictions?

Hi, can you inform me on some of the fundamental classical music "restrictions" or guidelines? i mean like, certain chord switches you cannot do, ... basically anything you have to or can not do , considering the actual composition.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    In Early Music (medieval to renaissance) no modulating, no parallel fifths or octaves in polyphony. Simpler melodies and harmonies. No tritonus.

    In Baroque you can modulate more ( the Dominant scale or even the Dominant of the Dominant = C-G-D and then with a clever solution back to C) Melodies becoming more complicating.

    In later music (Classical, Romantic) modulations are taken to extremer levels (e.g. C-E-Ab)

    Modern Classic like a-tonality None of the above. Instead of a leading scale (C-major e.g.) every tone is a leading tone (12-tone modes)

    Also, there are rules considering musical forms: Sonata, rondo, canzona, fuge, fantasia etc.

    It can be very long to describe them all here but I'll give an example with the rondo:

    You have a melody in C-major accompanied with simple harmony. This is section A.

    Then you present a different kind of melody, maybe in the parallel scale a-minor. This is section B

    Then section A returns.

    Then you take elements of the melodies in A and B and combine them, or alter them. What suits you best. This is section C

    Then A returns for a final time and makes your rondo ABACA. Even ABA is already a rondo, and then you can even make it like ABA'CAB'ADA with the ' marking a not literal copy of the section.

    Now this is very briefly answered, there are libraries full explaining this stuff, so I hope this helps a bit!


    Source(s): Musician
  • No, but if its not classic, its not classic.

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