A time signature indicating two or four minim beats in a bar.
- All the alla breve movements of the Mass really are played here alla breve.
- Another scherzo arabesque contrasts with the sombre seventh canon, which in turn joins on to the alla breve variation.
- The Fuga alla breve appears at the end of Part I, suggesting that it serves as the capstone of the ‘basic course.’
Italian, literally 'according to the breve'.
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