D.S. al coda, or dal segno al coda, literally means “from the sign to the coda mark.” D.S. al coda is an indication to start back at the segno, play until you encounter a coda, then skip to the next coda to continue.
- Since coda is feminine in the Italian language, the correct phrasing would be “D.S. alla coda.” Nowadays, this phrase is seldom seen; even some modern Italian sheet music uses “al coda.”
- English-speakers often refer to the segno as a “segno sign,” which redundantly translates to “sign sign.”