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 illustration — compare first species, third species, fourth species, fifth species, unequal counterpoint
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