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Alla breve in piano sheet music.

Alla breve can be represented by the time signature 2/2, or by a musical symbol similar to the cent sign.

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Definition: The Italian musical phrase alla breve (“to the breve” - where breve refers to a half-note) is an indication to play in cut time. Alla breve has the 2/2 time signature, in which one beat = half-note.

Also Known As:
  • cut time; half time; in 2 (Eng)
  • à deux temps rapide; à la blanche (Fr)
  • Allabreve; Takt in Halben Noten (Ger)

Pronunciation: ah'-lah  BRAY-vay


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