Definition of alla capella in English:

alla capella

adverb

Music
  • In the style of music composed for a church or chapel, especially the restrained style of 16th century choral music typified by Palestrina; specifically (a) = a cappella; (b) = "alla breve".

Pronunciation

alla capella

/ˌalə kəˈpɛlə/ /ˌɑːlə kəˈpɛlə/

Origin

Mid 18th century. From Italian alla capella, literally ‘in the style of the chapel’ from alla + cappella.