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Coda question
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Thomas B.
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Hi fiddlerman or whoever may know this answer. I am attaching a copy of Thomases new music for the ensemble and although I know dc al coda, I am stumped at one little word in this sheet music. On measure 22 it says "TO coda". I have never seen the word TO when it comes to coda. So does he play from the beginning to measure 41(DC al coda), then go back to beginning and continue to11.jpgImage Enlarger

play to the "TO coda" on measure 22 then skip down to measure 42 at the other "coda" and then to the end? 

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January 21, 2022 - 10:19 am
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I am not sure, Thomas B., but that is what it looks like. Maybe someone who is a little kore knowledgeable will have a more definite answer.

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Yes, exactly the way you described - to the DC al Coda, from the beginning to To Coda, then the Coda.

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January 21, 2022 - 10:59 am
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But why the TO? Never saw that before

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Maybe that is how this particular person/music company does it. I don't think the way music is written is entirely standardized.

Notations, symbols, etc have evolved over the centuries and between people in the same century. I think areas people live change the way some music notation is written, also. I remember in cello, violin and viola lessons, the instructor obtained old early sheet music by, I think it was Bach, and it had some strange notations. He had to explain what they meant. Then he found a better translated one that was written the wy it is done today. I think it was Schumann(?), not Bach, but the idea is the same.

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Thomas B. said
But why the TO? Never saw that before

  

I've always assumed because you go 'to' the coda.

But now that I think about it, why isn't it in Italian (so 'al coda') like all the other terms.

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Fiddlerman
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February 4, 2022 - 11:32 am
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Yes exactly. D.C. "Da capo" (the head) to the beginning, then to Coda as you guys talked about.

It's not always written and definitely not necessary to write the word "to". I can for sure say that I've seen in many times but didn't give it that much thought.

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TY very much. Dang, seems the older I get, the more little things bug me.

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The reason for the "to" is simply because it's arranged by Richard Meyer, who is presumably English-speaking rather than German, and he has inadvertently made his presence obvious.

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