fourth species

noun

variants or fourth-species counterpoint
: species counterpoint in which the added voice is metrically displaced so as to produce a series of suspensions (see suspension sense 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 compare first species, second species, third species, fifth species

Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fourth species was in 1834

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“Fourth species.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fourth%20species. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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