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D.C. al coda


Coda sign in piano music.

The first coda sign you'll encounter is often accompanied by the phrase "al coda."

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D.C. al coda, or da capo al coda, literally means “from the head [beginning] to the coda.” D.C. al coda is an indication to repeat from the beginning of the music, play until you encounter a coda, then skip to the next coda sign to continue.

Musical Trivia: Since coda is feminine in the Italian language, the correct phrasing would be “D.C. alla coda.” Nowadays, this phrase is seldom seen; even some modern Italian sheet music uses “al coda.”

See D.C. al fine and D.S. al coda.

Pronunciation: dah cah'-poh al coh'-duh

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