first species

noun
variants: or first-species counterpoint

Definition of first species 

: 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 — compare second species, third species, fourth species, fifth species

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1834, in the meaning defined above

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