fugue

noun \ ˈfyüg \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of fugue

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
  • 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

fugue

verb

fuguist

play \ˈfyü-gist\ noun

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fugue and Bach

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


FUGUE Defined for English Language Learners

fugue

noun

Definition of fugue for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

fugue

noun \ ˈfyüg \

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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