a cappella

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In church style; referring to the old style of writing church music, in which the voices were unaccompanied; hence unaccompanied. Sometimes, however, the term is found in an accompaniment, signifying that the accompaniment is to be played in unison with, or an octave above or below, the voices; also used in reference to time, indicating the two-two time, two half notes in a measure, or a quick four-four time. See alla breve, to one of the usages of which it is equivalent. Abbr. a capp.

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