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Alla breve

using the half note as the basic time unit; 2/2 time. Symbol: .
Historical Examples

Vogler then gave Beethoven a theme of three measures (the scale of C major, alla breve).
The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume II (of 3) Alexander Wheelock Thayer

a musical time signature indicating two or four minims to a bar
adjective, adverb
twice as fast as normal


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