Definition of fugato in English:


Syllabification: fu·ga·to
Pronunciation: /f(y)o͞oˈgätō

adjective & adverb

  • In the style of a fugue, but not in strict or complete fugal form.
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    • All follow a similar pattern, juxtaposing ‘free’ sections - in rhythms derived from operatic recitative that recurrently explode into whirligig scales and arpeggios - with fugato sections of varying degrees of formal rigidity.
    • The first movement contains some absolutely magnificent fugato writing; the third is as beautiful as anything written in Mahler's lineage, without what Franz Schmidt called Mahler's ‘cheap novel’ effects.
    • The fugato textures provoke the disturbance of complacencies even while the tonal centres remain secure.

noun (plural fugatos)

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  • A fugato passage.
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    • Foss writes toe-tapping fugatos, if you can believe it.
    • Even the introductory toccata-flourishes are at moderate speed and relatively sober in mien: while the succeeding fugato, though marked allegro, is in four severely interlocked parts that generate often acute dissonances.
    • About half-way through, the music changes to a vigorous fugato.



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