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alla breve

[ah-luh brev-ey; Italian ahl-lah bre-ve] /ˈɑ lə ˈbrɛv eɪ; Italian ˈɑl lɑ ˈbrɛ vɛ/
adverb, adjective, Music.
1.
using the half note as the basic time unit; 2/2 time. Symbol: .
Also called cut time.
Compare common time.
Origin
1800-1810
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
1.
a musical time signature indicating two or four minims to a bar
adjective, adverb
2.
twice as fast as normal
Usual symbol alla_breve
Word Origin
C19: Italian, literally: (according) to the breve
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