Definition of countersubject in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkaʊntəˌsʌbdʒɛkt/


A second or subsidiary subject, especially accompanying the subject or its answer in a fugue.
Example sentences
  • Normally there is a dynamic interplay between subject and countersubject in a fugue, but here the energy is concentrated in the subject, with the countersubject limply shadowing it in thirds and sixths.
  • Additional counterpoint is called ‘free’, but such material may be restated in an identical form, as if it were a second countersubject.
  • He excelled the skills even of Frescobaldi in the manipulation of fugal devices such as countersubject, stretto and sustained pedalpoint.

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