American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. Music In cut time.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, an expression understood to denote— a species of time in which every bar contains a breve, or four minims; or a rhythm of two or four beats to a bar, but taken at a rate of movement twice as fast as if the piece were simply marked with the sign of common time. The sign for alla breve time is .
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Old Church Music) With one
breve, or four minims, to measure, and sung faster like four crotchets; in quick common time; -- indicated in the time signature by �.
- n. a musical time signature indicating two or four half notes to a measure
- Italian : alla, according to the + breve, breve. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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