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2-1RulesCounterpoint - 5 Parallel perfect intervals on...

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RULES FOR SPECIES COUNTERPOINT 2:1 1. When the voices come together at each “beat,” the counterpoint follows the rules of First Species (1:1). 2. Second Species introduces embellishments (on off-beats) of the following type: a. Passing tones - move by step up or down from and to a consonance. They generally fill in the space of a third. b. Neighbor Tones - move by step from and back to a consonance. c. Chordal Skips – move by skip or leap to another chord member. 3. Parallel perfect intervals on consecutive “beats” are forbidden. 2:1 does not cover up parallel motion that appears in the underlying 1:1 counterpoint. 4. Parallel perfect intervals that appear from off-beat to beat are forbidden.
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Unformatted text preview: 5. Parallel perfect intervals on consecutive weak beats are allowed. But too many in a row can be tiresome. 6. Chordal dissonances (7ths, tritones) that appear on the beat resolve on the following beat. In such cases the intervening note should be a chordal skip. 7. Cadence: Upper Voice: At the cadence, the upper voice will perform Re-Ti-Do, Ti-Re-Do, or Mi-Re-Do. Lower Voice: At the cadence, the lower voice will perform Sol-Do. If the lower voice is the quicker voice, it will perform Sol-Sol-Do with an octave leap, or it will revert to 1:1 counterpoint for the cadence....
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