fu·​gal | \ ˈfyü-gəl How to pronounce fugal (audio) \

Definition of fugal

: of, relating to, or being in the style of a musical fugue

Other Words from fugal

fugally \ ˈfyü-​gə-​lē How to pronounce fugal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of fugal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of fugal

1854, in the meaning defined above

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2 Sep 2022

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“Fugal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fugal. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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