Definition of fourth species
: species counterpoint in which the added voice is metrically displaced so as to produce a series of suspensions (see suspension 1e(1)) against the cantus firmus The notation of the fourth species is similar to the second, but syncopated. — Sir Frederick Bridge, Counterpoint, 1878 —called also syncopated counterpoint — see species counterpoint illustration — compare first species, second species, third species, fifth species
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