from The Century Dictionary.

  • In music, of or pertaining to a fugue, or composed in the style of a fugue.
  • noun A local abbreviation for centrifugal: applied in Australia and elsewhere to centrifugal machines.

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  • adjective music of, relating to, or composed using a fugue

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  • adjective of or relating to or in the style of a musical fugue


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  • This is what I have learnt: 1. Evil Conservative opposition politicians are mired up to their necks in sleaze 2. Labour ministers praised for their "fugal" lifestyles. yes really!


  • Lewis did indeed tend to lean toward concepts that were prevalent in classical music and had rarely been translated into jazz terms, like fugal form and baroque counterpoint, and he also made his music seem more formal by naming many of his compositions after European cities—"Milano," "Afternoon in Venice," "A Day in Dubrovnik."

    The Modern Sounds of Yore

  • Under conductor Will Crutchfield, the orchestra and chorus brought richness and bel canto lyricism to the score, from the galloping motifs of the overture to the antiphonal horn playing that evoked the echoes of the Swiss mountains, the lively, fugal mustering of the cantons in Act II, and the victorious tremolos of the finale.

    Pared 'Flute' Is a Muted Production

  • They stammer out their glissandi woes in a sort of fugal chaos, with the orchestra and its chorus washing over them with dark chords and fraying melodic lines.

    Pilar Jurado's Blank Page

  • An urgent and then melancholy opening was unsettled by dark bass trills and a menacing fugal theme, only to be undone by the second movement's disarming simplicity.

    Pianist Till Fellner ends Beethoven sonata cycle with restrained refinement

  • This proved rewarding in Brahms's Sonata No 1 in E minor Op 38, in which the balanced dialogue between instruments, from the breathless angst of the first movement to the fugal exchanges of the last, suited them ideally.

    Antonio Meneses and Maria João Pires; La traviata – review

  • Unlikely, Alaskans are much to fugal about produce in December.

    Shannyn Moore: Banned, "Per Todd Palin"

  • Their performance of Mozart's Jupiter symphony was inevitably coloured by this association, not least because it was Constanze whose penchant for baroque counterpoint partly spurred Mozart's inclination towards fugal writing in his later years.

    Mozarteumorchester Salzburg/Bolton – review

  • Its flamboyant organ part and fugal "Twelve as the winds and the months" finale are intriguing and uplifting.

    The Feast of Saint Peter the Apostle

  • The barn building and the accompanying fugal music is a tribute to the sense of community that I believe Americans long for.

    Witness (1985)


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  • ". . .male orgasm after fugal intensity"

    from "Apples and Pears" by Guy Davenport

    January 19, 2010