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In the style of music composed for a church or chapel, especially the restrained style of 16th cent. choral music typified by Palestrina; specifically (a) = a cappella; (b) = "alla breve".
Mid 18th century. From Italian alla capella, lit. ‘in the style of the chapel’ from alla + cappella.
alla capella/ˌalə kəˈpɛlə//ˌɑːlə kəˈpɛlə/
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