fifth species

noun
variants: or fifth-species counterpoint

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 WilliamsMusic Theory from Zarlino to Schenker1990
called also florid counterpoint; see species counterpoint — compare first species, second species, third species, fourth species

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1834

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