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fugue

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noun \ˈfyüg\

Simple Definition of fugue

  • : a piece of music in which tunes are repeated in complex patterns

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fugue

  1. 1 a :  a musical composition in which one or two themes are repeated or imitated by successively entering voices and contrapuntally developed in a continuous interweaving of the voice parts b :  something that resembles a fugue especially in interweaving repetitive elements

  2. 2 :  a disturbed state of consciousness in which the one affected seems to perform acts in full awareness but upon recovery cannot recollect the acts performed

fugue

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fuguist

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Did You Know?

Bach and Handel composed many fugues for harpsichord and organ in which the various parts (or voices) seem to flee from and chase each other in an intricate dance. Each part, after it has stated the theme or melody, apparently flees from the next part, which takes up the same theme and sets off in pursuit. Simple rounds such as "Three Blind Mice" or "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" could be called fugues for children, but a true fugue can be long and extremely complex.

Origin and Etymology of fugue

probably from Italian fuga flight, fugue, from Latin, flight, from fugere


First Known Use: 1597


Medical Dictionary

fugue

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noun \ˈfyüg\

Medical Definition of fugue

  1. :  a disturbed state of consciousness in which the one affected seems to perform acts in full awareness but upon recovery cannot recollect them




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