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D.S. al coda

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Segno and coda repeats in music. Image © Brandy Kraemer
Definition:

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.


Musical Trivia:

  • 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.”

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

Pronunciation: dal say'-nyoh al koh'-duh


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