Alla-breve meaning

ălə brĕv, älə brĕvā
In cut time.
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The sign indicating that a passage is to be played in cut time.
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In 2/2 time.
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2/2 time, in which the half note receives the beat; cut time.
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(music) A time signature when the half note is the beat and there are two beats per measure.
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Origin of alla-breve

  • It, according to the breve, as it was used in medieval musical notation to indicate a half or a third of the value of the longest note

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Italian alla according to the breve breve

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition