first species

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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First Known Use of first species

1834, in the meaning defined above

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“First species.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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