alla breve


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al·la breve

 (ăl′ə brĕv′, ä′lə brĕv′ā) Music
adv. & adj.
In cut time.
n.
The sign indicating that a passage is to be played in cut time.

[Italian : alla, according to the + breve, breve.]

alla breve

(ˈælə ˈbreɪvɪ; Italian ˈalla ˈbrɛːve)
n
(Classical Music) a musical time signature indicating two or four minims to a bar
adj, adv
(Classical Music) twice as fast as normal
Usual symbol:
[C19: Italian, literally: (according) to the breve]

alla breve

twice the speed notes show
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alla breve - a musical time signature indicating two or four half notes to a measure
musical time signature, time signature - a musical notation indicating the number of beats to a measure and kind of note that takes a beat
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It was also in the final alla breve that Rivas appeared at his most physically animated.
When the music truly has two half-note pulses, I prefer its correct notation, 2/2 or alla breve.
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In the third movement, Finale: Alla Breve, Matsuev and the orchestra played off each other brilliantly, especially the rich conversations between piano and woodwinds, until Matsuev took it over and drove the piece to its dramatic conclusion.
Thus the conductor looking for guidance on the tempo relationships within the first movement will merely observe that an Andante in alla breve time (cents) leads into an Allegro ma non troppo, likewise alla breve.
Alla breve presentazione dei curatori in lingua inglese, segue il saggio, sempre in inglese, di John Foot, La gente e il buon costume: Lucchino Visconti's "Rocco e i suoi fratelli".