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Counterpoint – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

February 1, 2014

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterpoint

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In 1725 Johann Joseph Fux published Gradus ad Parnassum (Steps to Parnassus), in which he described five species:

    – Note against note;
    – Two notes against one;
    – Four (extended by others to include three, or six, etc.) notes against one;
    – Notes offset against each other (as suspensions);
    – All the first four species together, as "florid" counterpoint.

A succession of later theorists quite closely imitated Fux’s seminal work, often with some small and idiosyncratic modifications in the rules.

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