alla breve

Ah-lah BRAY-vay
[Italian]
A tempo marking indicating a quick duple meter with the half note rather than the quarter note getting the beat (2/2 rather than 4/4). Both the name and the sign are a vestige of mensural notation and of the proportions (tempus imperfectum diminutum). 

Example

Allabreve

See Also

[English] cut time

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Last Updated: 2013-02-14 13:48:46