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What is Battuta and does it only apply to voice leading by contrary motion?

For example, in treble clef, if going from "E-G" (major-tenth - that is, the "E" is in the bass and the "G" is in the soprano,) and then move the "E" up to a "G" by oblique motion, would that constitute Battuta?

Transferred from: Few Questions on Counterpoint in the Tradition of Johan Fux

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Battuta translates to "beaten" in English. In counterpoint, it is when an octave is approached from the "outside -> in", that is from the interval of a tenth as opposed to a sixth.

I would contend that approaching an octave through oblique motion would not necessarily be battuta, but in fact would just be lazy counterpoint. Instead of skipping up to a "G" the lower voice could easily skip up to a "B" and continue consonance, rather than support a technically correct but otherwise erstwhile prematurely conceived octave cadence.

Transferred from: Few Questions on Counterpoint in the Tradition of Johan Fux

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Battuta to me is to do with accents. Basically in common time, 4/4 the first beat is strongest.If the composer wanted to make say, the second beat of a bar stronger, an accent could be put over the note - OR - the previous bar could be made 5/4. and maybe that bar designated 3/4. – Tim May 31 '13 at 7:37
@Tim - The definition for Battuta is taken verbatim from the original text by Johan Fux, it is not subjective. Also, the assertion that the first beat in 4/4 time is the strongest is not true as it depends entirely on context. The original question and answer have been transferred from the original thread, as stated in both the question and answer that I posted. – jjmusicnotes May 31 '13 at 8:11
In my reference books the only mention of 'battuta' is 'a battuta' meaning to go back to tempo after, say, a rall.(on beat). Never heard it in counterpoint, so my answer is way off !! – Tim May 31 '13 at 16:19

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