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alla breve

noun al·la breve \ 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

Illustration of alla breve

Origin and Etymology of alla breve

Italian, literally, according to the breve


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alla 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

1740


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