[ 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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Also called cut time.
Compare common time.
Origin of alla breve
1800–10; < Italian: in short time, accelerated. See brief
Words nearby alla breve
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British Dictionary definitions for alla breve
/ (ˈælə ˈbreɪvɪ, Italian ˈalla ˈbrɛːve) /
a musical time signature indicating two or four minims to a bar
twice as fast as normal
Usual symbol: Symbol:
Word Origin for alla breve
C19: Italian, literally: (according) to the breve
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