Summer ad Parnassum (4th species: Phrygian)

4th Species Above Cantus

What I like: First of all, I like that I did these Phrygian and Dorian examples while waiting out a delay in the Milwaukee airport last week. That really boosts the geek factor. With the Phrygian cantus, the octave leap has always been a problem for me. This species made it rather easy. I like how my counterpoint slithers under and then over at that moment.

What I don’t like: Too many downbeat fifths but I don’t think this is too problematic since they are all arrived via oblique motion.

4th Species Below Cantus

What I like: I am a fan of contour and I like that this winds its way up an octave.

What I don’t like: Too many weak beat fifths! Fux makes it sound like this isn’t a big deal but, in my heart of hearts, it makes me uncomfortable. If you reduce this down to a 1:1 exercise, it really sucks.

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