alla breve

alla breve

[ah-luh brev-ey; Italian ahl-lah bre-ve]
adverb, adjective Music.
using the half note as the basic time unit; 2/2 time. Symbol:
Also called cut time.
Compare common time.


Origin:
1800–10; < Italian: in short time, accelerated. See brief

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alla breve (ˈælə ˈbreɪvɪ, Italian ˈalla ˈbrɛːve)
 
n
1.  a musical time signature indicating two or four minims to a bar
 
adj, —adv
2.  twice as fast as normal
 
[C19: Italian, literally: (according) to the breve]

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