second species


Definition of second species

: species counterpoint in which the added voice consists of two notes for each note of the cantus firmus In second species the added voice instead consists of two notes for every note of the cantus firmus …— Tom Pankhurst, SchenkerGUIDE, 2008 — see species counterpoint — compare first species, third species, fourth species, fifth species, unequal counterpoint

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First Known Use of second species

1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Second species.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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