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RULES FOR SPECIES COUNTERPOINT Suspensions (Fourth Species) Suspensions – The suspension consists of three parts: a preparation (which is always consonant), a suspension (a tied or repeated note), and a resolution . Suspensions usually resolve down by step. When the suspension is a leading-tone, however, it generally resolves up to the tonic. Suspensions that resolve up are known as retardations . 1. The Preparation for the suspension must be a consonance. 2. The Suspension is a note that ties or repeats the preparation. The suspension may be consonant or dissonant. 3. If the suspension is dissonant , it resolves down by step to create a consonance. In cases where the suspension is the leading-tone, it may resolve upward ( retardation ). 4. If the suspension is consonant , it may move up or down by step, or leap to
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Unformatted text preview: another consonance. 5. Suspensions are labeled by the intervals formed between the bass and upper voice at the suspension and the resolution. Although many suspensions are possible, the most common (and desirable) dissonant suspensions are: a. Upper Voice: 4-3, 7-6, 9-8 (rare) b. Lower Voice: 2-3 (9-10), 7-8 (rare) 6. Fourth species consists of a chain of suspensions. However, if it is impossible to make a proper suspension at any point, the counterpoint should move to 2:1 until a proper suspension is possible. 7. Suspensions usually involve a tie, but may also appear as a repeated note. Not all ties make suspensions and not all suspensions involve ties. 8. End the exercise with RE–DO in one voice and TI–DO in the other (no SOL– DO)....
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