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Alla breve

Definition of the noun alla breve

What does alla breve mean as a name of something?


  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 previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

ALLA BREVE—-ALLAHABAD, things or occurrences; et caetera. ALL rs ALL, everything. ALL-r-ooLs'-DAY, the first of April. ALL-Forms, a game at cards; moving on the legs and arms. ALL-HAIL, a phrase of salutation expressive of a wish for ...

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 previewRedman's Musical Dictionary and Pronouncing Guide (1910)

by Harry Newton Redman

Alla Breve -Every measure contains four beats, each represented by a half note or its equivalent.

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 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 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 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 previewStainer and Barrett's Dictionary of Musical Terms (1898)

by John Stainer, William Alexander Barrett

Alla breve (It.) A direction that the notes are to be made shorter; that is, the pace taken quicker than usual. It is generally found attached to movements having four or eight minims in a bar, and is expressed in the signature by (K The following ...

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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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