Definition of fugue
1a : 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 The organist played a four-voiced fugue.b : something that resembles a fugue especially in interweaving repetitive elements a story that … is as rich and multilayered as a fugue — Heather Vogel Frederick
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
fuguistplay \ˈfyü-gist\ noun
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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
FUGUE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fugue for English Language Learners
: a piece of music in which tunes are repeated in complex patterns
Medical Definition of fugue
: 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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