fourth species

noun
variants: or fourth-species counterpoint

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 BridgeCounterpoint1878
called also syncopated counterpoint; see species counterpoint — compare first species, second species, third species, fifth species

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1834


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