Definition of semibreve in English:

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semibreve

Pronunciation: /ˈsɛmɪbriːv/

noun

Music , British
A note having the time value of two minims or four crotchets, represented by a ring with no stem. It is the longest note now in common use. Also called whole note.
Example sentences
  • The theme, an eight-bar structure of stentorian semibreve piano chords, receives six doggedly unvaried statements.
  • The cantus firmus is sounded in semibreves in the middle of the three voices.
  • For the first time the minim is now fully accepted as a note-value in its own right rather than as a special kind of semibreve.

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