Questions tagged [species-counterpoint]

In Western pedagogy, counterpoint is taught through a system in which students progress through several "species" of increasing complexity.

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What is the order of operations for writing half notes against whole notes in three parts?

FYI, I am referencing The Study of Counterpoint (Alfred Mann's translation of Fux's Gradus ad Parnassum) When writing in two voices, I understand the standard procedure to involve writing a ...
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How to evaluate a counterpoint?

I am currently studying counterpoint in order to prepare my first year in a Faculty of music. I have diverse ressources at my disposal like The Complete Musician (Laitz), and online ressources. ...
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how do I add voices to compound species lines?

Update, TLDR: given multiple semi-written lines of music, which line should be deemed the cantus firmus before working on the counterpoint of the other lines? Given a "free" (?) soprano ...
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How do I achieve contrary motion in second species counterpoint?

I am working on this counterpoint exercise. In 9a the second half goes down. I for the life of me can't do contrary motion without it going too high. I know I need 16th notes but there are too many. I ...
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Sequences in Music

I am doing second species counterpoint and this exercise gives me all the bottom notes and only the first 4 eighth notes. The exercise says: Where a sequence occurs in the given voice, use one in the ...
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Second Species Counterpoint

I am working on a second species counterpoint and I am a bit stuck. This is what I have so far: Any tips for where to go from here? The exercise I found online gave me all the notes of the CF and ...
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Is there a rhythmic counterpart to voice leading? Is counterpoint supposed to fulfill this role?

I have been studying voice leading and I feel like rhythm is unaddressed in voice leading theory. Here's an example of the types of voice leading rules I'm referring to: Resolve 7->1 in a V chord ...
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In species counterpoint, is the fourth above a third a consonance or a dissonance?

I am reading Alfred Mann's translation of "Gradus ad Parnassum" and found a footnote that says that Fux considers a fourth that comes from harmonic division the of the octave (fifth-fourth) ...
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Should I avoid descending leaps of a minor 6th in species counterpoint?

A little background: I am teaching myself species counterpoint by reading multiple texts and doing exercises. My primary text is Salzer and Schacter’s “Counterpoint in Composition,” which I really ...
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Why is the false relation of the tritone objectionable in V-IV but less so in IV-V?

In strict counterpoint, it is forbidden to have a B in one voice and then, in the very next chord, an F in another voice, or vice versa. This is called the false relation of the tritone. George John ...
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Fux's Third Species (two part) melodic movement - except for cambiata movement to and from dissonance only by step?

I'm trying to come up with my own wording to explain Fux's examples in third species, two-part counterpoint. When I look at the examples, the more or less clearly stated rules are... dissonances on ...