fu·​gal ˈfyü-gəl How to pronounce fugal (audio)
: of, relating to, or being in the style of a musical fugue
fugally adverb

Examples of fugal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The finale mixes frenzied scurries, quasi chicken cluckings and virtuoso fugal writing. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 27 May 2023 But Sir John finally accepts his well-deserved comeuppance, and all is put to rights in that fugal finale. Dallas News, 2 Aug. 2022 The orchestra showed an impressive ability to build energy over time, and later, triumphant fugal passagework displayed more of the high level of ensemble synchrony in winds and strings that characterizes the orchestra’s present sound. Lukas Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Aug. 2022 But this is one of his best, packing in exquisite dances, hymn-like melody and fierce fugal passage work. E.c., The Economist, 21 May 2020 As the movement progressed, the interpretation took on an epic scale, the basses growling, the upper strings magisterial in fugal passages. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, 27 Sep. 2019 Didn’t Charles Dutoit also conduct Rachmaninoff with such a deeply -considered sense of sound and attention to fugal details? David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com, 9 Mar. 2018 Mr. Korstvedt, the Bruckner Society president, pointed to the Fifth as an important caesura, concluding Bruckner’s earlier period with its daring fugal finale. David Allen, New York Times, 13 Jan. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fugal was in 1854

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“Fugal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fugal. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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