first species


variants or first-species counterpoint
: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of first species was in 1834

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“First species.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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