florid counterpoint

noun

Definition of florid counterpoint

: any type of musical counterpoint other than first species
  • [Johannes] Tinctoris refers to the varieties of flowers in the field as an analogy for the use of florid counterpoint (i.e. counterpoint with dissonances and consonances).
  • —Alexis Luko, in Early Music History, volume 272008
; especially : fifth species

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First Known Use of florid counterpoint

1776


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