using the half note as the basic time unit; 2/2 time. Symbol:
- Also called cut time.
- Compare common time.
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Vogler then gave Beethoven a theme of three measures (the scale of C major, alla breve).The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume II (of 3) | Alexander Wheelock Thayer
British Dictionary definitions for alla breve
a musical time signature indicating two or four minims to a bar
twice as fast as normal
- Usual symbol: Symbol:
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