Second-Species Counterpoint

by Jeffrey Carter

My theory class today finished several weeks of learning about species counterpoint.  As an in-class project today, I divided the group into three smaller groups, then gave each of those three a cantus in the Aeolian mode on A.  One group wrote a first-species counterpoint, another a second-, and another a fourth-species.

The second-species group of three students did their work at the board.  They struggled with all the rules they had to remember, but the result was fairly good.  It won’t live in the canon of perfect counterpoints, though!

Here’s a shot of the finished product: