Hi all,

I need some help in interpreting the follow paragraph:

Charles Burkhart suggests that the reason codas are common, even necessary, is that, in the climax of the main body of a piece, a "particularly effortful passage", often an expanded phrase, is often created by "working an idea through to its structural conclusions" and that, after all this momentum is created, a coda is required to "look back" on the main body, allow listeners to "take it all in", and "create a sense of balance."[4]

What is it actually saying about Coda?
It seems to me he's saying that because the thematic material has been developed to it's fullest extent, we need to hear a coda that emphatically states the fundamental elements of the material in order to balance the musical ideas. He's talking about the function of codas in classical music, specifically sonata form.