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alla breve

[ah-luh brev-ey; Italian ahl-lah bre-ve]
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adverb, adjective Music.
  1. using the half note as the basic time unit; 2/2 time. Symbol:
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Compare common time.

Origin of alla breve

1800–10; < Italian: in short time, accelerated. See brief
Also called cut time.
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British Dictionary definitions for alla breve

alla breve

noun
  1. a musical time signature indicating two or four minims to a bar
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adjective, adverb
  1. twice as fast as normal
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Word Origin

C19: Italian, literally: (according) to the breve
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