strict counterpoint


Definition of strict counterpoint

: musical counterpoint that rigorously observes the traditional conventions of dissonance treatment, relative contrapuntal motion, and smooth melodic lines especially : species counterpoint

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First Known Use of strict counterpoint

1821, in the meaning defined above

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“Strict counterpoint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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