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  • n. A fugal passage in a composition that is not a strict or complete fugue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. in the gugue style, but not strictly like a fugue.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature of a fugue; to be rendered in fugue style, but not according to strict rules. See fugato, n.
  • n. In music, a piece composed in fugue style, but not according to strict rules.


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  • His allegro fugato intro was deliberately enough paced to clarify textures, making the follow-on trombone entrance to impose the Prince's discipline on the crowd perfectly clear and commanding.

    Rodney Punt: A Glowing Romeo et Juliette -- Charles Dutoit with the LA Philharmonic in Berlioz

  • The Master Chorale as a whole, and its division into several parts, showed itself to good effect as well: the Capulet men singing farewells after the ball, the combined forces intoning the funeral chant at Juliet's funeral, the warring clans in an agitated fugato at the tomb of the two lovers, and finally the combined oaths of reconciliation between the families.

    Rodney Punt: A Glowing Romeo et Juliette -- Charles Dutoit with the LA Philharmonic in Berlioz

  • These compositions are what we would call part songs and they are usually constructed in simple four-part harmony, without fugato passages or imitations.

    Some Forerunners of Italian Opera

  • The newly published Fugue -- or fugato -- in A minor, in two voices, is from a manuscript in the possession of Natalie Janotha, who probably got it from the late Princess Czartoryska, a pupil of the composer.

    Chopin : the Man and His Music

  • Possum dicere _illius_esse quod Odenatus Persos vicit, ac Sapore fugato Ctesiphontem usque pervenit.

    Zenobia or, the Fall of Palmyra

  • For instance, listen to how Hindemith makes use of musical forms such as the passacaglia (No. 2), basso ostinato (No. 8), fugato (No. 9) and variations (No. 14) to evoke the weightiness and proportions behind the textual interpretation.

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  • Lento, improvisando ; Più vivo, fugato (9:48) 2. Piazzola - Estaciones Porteñas.

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  • Cosi fan Tutti, up to the massive fugato; and the latter poignantly testifies -- with cyclical allusions to the opening, contrapuntal

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  • Vivacity enjoys a perky academicism, opting for a busy fugato, almost per expectation.

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  • A lovely center movement, complete with a fugato, or partial fugue, leads into an almost theatrical final movement.


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