alla breve

[ ah-luh brev-ey; Italian ahl-lah bre-ve ]
/ ˈɑ lə ˈbrɛv eɪ; Italian ˈɑl lɑ ˈbrɛ vɛ /

adverb, adjective Music.

using the half note as the basic time unit; 2/2 time. Symbol:

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decorum
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
Usual symbol: Symbol:

Word Origin for alla breve

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