coda

Coda sign.
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Definition of Coda:

A coda is an oval-shaped musical symbol with oversized crosshairs used to organize complex musical repetitions. The Italian phrase al coda instructs a musician to move immediately to the next coda, and can be seen in the commands dal segno al coda and da capo al coda.

See segno and capo.

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How to Read Sheet Music:

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