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alla breve

[ ah-luh -brev-ey; Italian ahl-lah -bre-ve ]
/ ˈɑ lə ˈbrɛv eɪ; Italian ˈɑl lɑ ˈbrɛ vɛ /
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adverb, adjective Music.
using the half note as the basic time unit; 2/2 time. Symbol: 
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Also called cut time.
Compare common time.

Origin of alla breve

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

alla breve
/ (ˈælə ˈbreɪvɪ, Italian ˈalla ˈbrɛːve) /

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

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