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In a lot of music sheets, I've seen that they mark the end of the song with 'Fine'

(example: http://www.jazzpla.net/H/Hassansdream.jpg)

What does 'Fine' mean? And why is it used to mark the end of a song?

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I always like to think of it as a little congratulatory note waiting there at the end of the tune for me. Like the sheet music is telling me "Cheer up, fella, you did just fine!" –  Aaron Hipple Jan 17 at 2:03

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Because it means "the end" in italian. Remember that a lot of terms in classical music are in italian: rallentando, staccato, legato, etc.

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I didn't know this one was italian, I thought it was the english word –  Shevliaskovic Jan 16 at 20:45
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@Shevliaskovic: Don't forget to pronounce it the Italian way - fee-nay - and not the English way. –  Eric Lippert Jan 16 at 23:18

Fine pretty much means the end of a piece. In piece you used for your example the end is pretty obvious, but some pieces of music will end in the middle after a D.S. al Fine.

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In this example you can see the end of the piece is not where it would usually be. D.S. al Fine itself means go the Segno and play to the Fine. The Fine is used to say where the ending actually is.

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Correct. Writing 'fine' at the end of the piece is really superfluous. –  rhavin Feb 25 at 21:44

Italian for "finished". standard notation text is usually in Italian per the standard ages ago.

So No more places to hop to. End of song.

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