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CODA (Ital. for " tail "; from the La...

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Originally appearing in Volume V06, Page 632 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CODA (Ital. for " tail "; from the Lat. cauda), in music, a term for a passage which brings a movement or a separate piece to a conclusion. This developed from the simple chords of a cadence into an elaborate and independent form. In a series of variations on a theme or in a composition with a fixed order of subjects, the " coda " is a passage sufficiently contrasted with the conclusions of the separate variations or subjects, added to form a complete conclusion to the whole. Beethoven raised the " coda " to a feature of the highest importance.
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CODE (Lat. codex)

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