Meaning of semibreve in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsɛmɪbriːv/

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British Music
  • 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

    ‘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.’