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Bible Encyclopedias

1911 Encyclopedia Britannica

Coda

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(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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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for 'Coda'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/bri/c/coda.html. 1910.

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