Definition of fifth species
: species counterpoint in which the added voice may employ all the resources of the first four species (see 1species 1f) … the fifth species integrates the possibilities of the preceding species. — David Damschroder and David Russell Williams, Music Theory from Zarlino to Schenker, 1990 —called also florid counterpoint — see species counterpoint illustration — compare first species, second species, third species, fourth species
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