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alla breve

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noun al·la breve \ˌa-lə-ˈbrev, ˌä-lə-ˈbre-(ˌ)vā\

Definition of alla breve

  1. :  the sign marking a piece or passage to be played alla breve; also :  a passage so marked



Illustration of alla breve

Origin of alla breve

Italian, literally, according to the breve


First Known Use: circa 1740


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alla breve

adverb or adjective al·la breve

Definition of alla breve

  1. :  in duple or quadruple time with the beat represented by the half note



Circa 1823

First Known Use of alla breve

circa 1823


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