alla breve

1al·la breve

noun \ˌa-lə-ˈbrev, ˌä-lə-ˈbre-(ˌ)vā\

Definition of ALLA BREVE

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

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Origin of ALLA BREVE

Italian, literally, according to the breve
First Known Use: circa 1740

2alla breve

adverb or adjective

Definition of ALLA BREVE

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

First Known Use of ALLA BREVE

circa 1823


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