We read a special coda used at the end of each of the five books of the Torah that leads to the traditional exclamation of "Chazak chazak V'Nitchazek!" - can anyone give me the basis for this or sources about how coda varies form the usual end form? the trop look the same so it does not seem to be in them.
I am a Cantor in the Boston area who was ordained at the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College where Professor Joshua Jacobson taught us: Each of the five books of the Torah end with a special melody/ "invitational cadence"on the final Merchah, Tip'cha, Siluk. (Performance practice is to wait to chant this until the congregation rises.) THEN, the Cantor or reader begins the congregational chanting of, "Chazak, Chazak, V'Nitchazeik!".
If the Maftir is chanted again, the regular motifs/Trope are used for the end of the Maftir aliyah.
For music, Trope and a complete list of verses, please see either: Chanting the Hebrew Bible - student edition OR Chanting the Hebrew Bible - the Complete Guide to the art of Cantillation. Jewish Publication Society (Available with CD)
As for a SOURCE, you may want to email the author! The "Chazak, Chazak" phrase is in Shirat Hayam Major.