Muzoracle: The Tarot of Music

Al Coda

Cut to the chase.


In music, a coda is a concluding section of a composition extraneous to its usual form; it is a piece’s closing gesture, its final word. Al Coda (ahl-COH-dah) means “to the coda,” and is a directive to the musician to advance from where they are in the score to the coda section, which is delineated by the symbol seen at the center of the Al Coda card.

Al Coda is a Directive card.  It directs the querent to cut to the chase, to get things over with, or indicates a time when such a closure is underway. Musically, codas can be very dramatic, and al Coda can indicate a kind of swan song, a going out with a bang.

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