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alla breve


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n alla breve a musical time signature indicating two or four half notes to a measure
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Alla breve (Old Church Music) With one breve, or four minims, to measure, and sung faster like four crotchets; in quick common time;
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., according to the breve,


In literature:

He indicates alla breve with 88 to the half.
"Chopin: The Man and His Music" by James Huneker
The Fox Trot is written "Alla Breve," 2 in a bar in moderate tempo.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn