fourth species

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 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

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First Known Use of fourth species

1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Fourth species.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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