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I want to extract characteristics from counterpoint music for research purposes. Therefore I need a collection of midi (or musicxml or krn) files.

I am aware of the kernscore database, this website, I also found some bach chorales and a corpus of palestrina.

Ideally, I want to find first species counterpoint, but other species are fine too. Can anybody point me to a database?

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If you're primarily interested in first-species counterpoint, then you really shouldn't be looking at actual music. Any actual piece I can think of is mixed species, and probably includes any number of dissonances and rhythmic movement that wouldn't be allowed in species counterpoint. You might have more luck looking to textbooks or even Fux himself (though that is modal, which might not be your interest). Perhaps examples from *Counterpoint in Composition" from Salzer and Schachter? – Pat Muchmore Feb 21 '14 at 19:06
I should add that you might find some real music examples if you go back to organum of the 12th or 13th century, although, again, that will be modal, and most examples will be mixed species. – Pat Muchmore Feb 21 '14 at 19:23
Agreeing with @PatMuchmore (again! :) First species counterpoint is more than anything else an educational device. You may find some sections of pure 1st species counterpoint here and there but it's unlikely you'll find entire pieces. (And the ones you will find will be pretty short) Here's another database though but that focuses mostly on late-medieval and renaissance music. (Often 4 part, sometimes 5 or 6-part, sometimes 2 part) – Roland Bouman Feb 22 '14 at 1:24
Our work with first species is a prototype for later work. But we still wanted to find real pieces to learn from. – dorien Feb 22 '14 at 18:44
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Music21 is a musicology software developed at MIT and includes within it a large corpus of western classical, and other, music.

From their website:

Music21 is a set of tools for helping scholars and other active listeners 
answer questions about music quickly and simply. If you’ve ever asked yourself 
a question like, “I wonder how often Bach does that” or “I wish I knew which 
band was the first to use these chords in this order,” or “I’ll bet we’d know 
more about Renaissance counterpoint (or Indian ragas or post-tonal pitch 
structures or the form of minuets) if I could write a program to automatically 
write more of them,” then music21 can help you with your work.

I have not examined their corpus, but their description indicates that it might have useful content for your effort.

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+1 for the muscic21 toolkit! Very interesting stuff! :) – Roland Bouman Feb 22 '14 at 1:29

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