da capo

Da capo, often abbreviated to D.C., translates literally from the Italian as 'from the head' and means 'from the beginning'. When seen in sheet music, it instructs you to go back to the beginning of a piece, start again, and continue until you reach the word fine ('end') or the pause mark. Sometimes the expression used is da capo al segno ('from the beginning to the sign') or da capo al fine ('from the beginning to the word fine; see DC al fine). Occasionally there follow the words poi segue la coda, meaning that, arrived at the point indicated by the above expression, a jump is to be made to the final passage of the piece (which is generally marked 'coda').