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second ending


Often, repeated sections of a composition will have different endings for each repeat of that section. This can be to create the symmetry of an antecedent and consequent phrase or simply to extend the composition. Although there are normally only first endings and second endings, the  can choose to have as many different endings as there are repeats of the section.
Normally, the second ending is shown with the trailing end of the symbol open (see first example below). If the second ending appears at the end of a movement, section or at the end of the composition, the symbol is closed at the final barline (see second example below). 


See Also

[English] first ending
[Italian] seconda volta
[Italian] prima volta


Last Updated: 2016-06-10 23:36:21