Musical Term of the Week
by Melissa Wimbish
Kind of like Jerry Springer’s “Final Thought,” the coda serves a valuable purpose in the music world. When you just need to say one more thing in a slightly different way but don’t have the energy to devote an entire section to it, bring in the coda!
This would also be a fun addition to everyday conversation…as in, a replacement for the currently hip, “P.S.” which was popularized by Sassy Gay Friend.
coda – the last musical thoughts in a composition; in strict formal terms, a piece might contain exposition (which sets forth the principal themes of the work), development (which uses that material in new and varied fashions), recapitulation (where the principal material is restated almost verbatim), cadenza (for a last minute vocal improvisation, sometimes based on the early materials in the work), and coda (where one last little idea is put forward by the composer). (Definition provided by Opera Terms Pronunciation Guide)