first species

noun
variants: or

first–species counterpoint

Definition of first species

  1. :  species counterpoint in which the added voice moves in note values identical to those of the cantus firmus … the most important technique studied in the first species is the connection of perfect and imperfect consonances through the four types of motion … — Henry Martin, Counterpoint, 2005 —called also old-fashioned equal counterpoint — see species counterpoint illustration — compare second species third species fourth species fifth species

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First Known Use of first species

1834


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