alla breve [ä′lä brā′vā]
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- in 2/2 time: often used as a musical direction
- 2/2 time, in which the half note receives the beat; cut time
Origin: Italian according to the breve
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adverb & adj. Music
In cut time.
Origin: Italian : alla, according to the + breve, breve.