Second Species

SECOND species counterpoint involves placing two minims (half notes) against each note of the cantus firmus. The rules which the notes must satisfy are:

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correct use of
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by leap (a 4th).
closing formula

An example from Gradus

Note the following:

On using the applet

The procedure is the same as for the First Species applet, except that clicking in the first half of a measure places a minim (half note) on the downbeat, and clicking in the second half places a minim on the second beat. Clicking in the final bar places a semibreve (whole note) there.

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