Definition and background:
A mark in a composition which informs the performer to repeat a specific section of the composition marked by a dal segno sign. This directive is abbreviated: D.S. Italian. (D.S.) Repeat from sign. Tells the performer to repeat playing of the music starting at the nearest segno. This is followed by al fine or al coda just as with da capo.
Italian. (D.S.) Repeat from sign
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