I'm a starting composer and I've been trying to write some pieces "in-the-style-of" to hone my craftsmanship. Today I tried to emulate Schumann's Op 94 first movement by looking at the melody/harmony/form and trying to come up with something similar. However, I find it quite hard to comprehend how Schumann wrote texture this complex and how did he make the harmony and counterpoint work this well? Do you think that when trying to write something like this, should I start with simpler texture and work from there, or should I think about the embellishments etc. as I go? The problem is that I'm having trouble making all the lines sound good
So my question really is that if somebody could suggest, step-by-step, how to study someone elses work for a composition exercise like this?