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A Brief Guide to Species Counterpoint (cont.)
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Fourth Species (syncopation)
Both consonant and dissonant syncopations are permitted. As in the previous species there are rules and dissonant syncopations are only permitted when:
  • the dissonance is on the downbeat
  • the dissonance resolves downward by step

[numbers refer to the interval between the parts - 6 = 6th etc.]