Powers-Reale Species Counterpoint Notes

"Music is the ruler of the passions of the soul." (Angelo Berardi in)

Ragionamenti Musicali (1681) upon which the notes are based.

Fall, 2000

Cantus Firmi: click to enlarge


  • Chapter One: First Species.
    Note against note.
  • Chapter Two: Second Species.
    Two notes against one.
  • Chapter Three: Third Species.
    Four notes against one.
  • Chapter Four: Species two and three combined.
  • Chapter Five: Species IV; Syncopation, the suspension dissonance.
    Tied half-notes against the CF.
  • Chapter Six: Species Five; Free counterpoint.
    Combined motion of all earlier species.
  • Chapter Seven: Two-part imitative counterpoint.