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Alla breve

Definition of the noun alla breve

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  1. a musical time signature indicating two or four half notes to a measure


"Alla breve" is a book by Carl Engel.

  • also known as "Alla breve, from Bach to Debussy"; "Alla breve; from Bach to Debussy"

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Google previewThe American History and Encyclopedia of Music: Theory of music (1910)

by William Lines Hubbard, Edward Dickinson, George W. Andrews, Arthur Foote, Emil Liebling, Janet M. Green, Josephine Thrall

The time mark double time, alla breve. The opening theme of the rondo is used but contracted in its time values, two measures into one, four measures into two, thereby producing in tonal effect a new theme of two measure duration. After two ...

Google previewA Concise Dictionary of Musical Terms (1884)

To which is Prefixed an Introduction to the Elements of Music by Frederick Niecks

Alla breve. ) Tempo alla semibreve (It.). The same as tempo ordinario. Tempobezeichnung ( Ger.) ...

Google previewA New Dictionary of Musical Terms (1878)

With a Short Prefatory Explanation of the Elementary Rules of Music by Sara Anne Carmichael, Samuel Macauley Jackson

EQUISONUS—ALLA BREVE. 5 Equisopus (Lat.) Unison, equal sounds. Esthetlcs , .The theory of taste, the science of the beautiful in art. Aeussere St1mmen (Ger.) The extreme parts. ,Aeusserit (Gen) Extremely; as, aeusserst rasch, extremely ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Americana : a popular dictionary of arts, sciences, literature, history, politics, and biography, brought down to the present time (1836)

Alla Breve is the proper designation of the time of a piece of music, in which the breve is equal to a semibreve in £ time ; and is to be played in a movement of twice the usual rapidity ; so that a breve is Stayed as last as a semibreve, a semi- ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Three Thousand Musical Terms, etc. (Third edition, revised by J. A. Hamilton.). (1840)

by Thomas BUSBY

ALLA BREVE. (Ital.) A species of common time; a measure of two breves, formerly called Tempo di Capella, and in general use; but now seldom employed. See Tempo di Capella. ALLA CAccIA. (Ital.) In the style of music of the chase.

Google previewComplete dictionary of music ... (1827)

by Thomas Busby

Alla Breve. (Ital.) A term denoting a certain species of quick common-time, or tempo ...

Google previewA new Dictionary of Music (1835)

by Esq. W. WILSON

Alla Breve, the quickest common time in ancient music. Its character, a large C with a perpendicular stroke drawn through it, is still retained, but the style is quite obsolete. The bar formerly contained...

Google previewMusic Dictionary (2008)

Paperback Lessons by Hal Leonard Corp.

alla breve (It., ahl-lab BREH- veh): “According to the breve.” A duple time signature, usually 2/2. allargando (It., ahl-lahr-GAHN-doh): Growing broader and therefore, slower. allegretto (It., ...

Google previewEncyclopaedic Dictionary of Music (2005)

Alla breve Tempo marking : Notation indicating the tempo and character of a musical piece. Common tempo marks (listed from slow to fast): Adagio, Largo, Larghetto, Andante, Andantino, ...

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Alla breve Meaning

Video shows what alla breve means. a time signature when the half note is the beat and there are two beats per measure. alla breve synonyms: cut time.

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