Definition of fugato in English:

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Pronunciation: /fjuːˈɡɑːtəʊ/
Pronunciation: /fuːˈɡɑːtəʊ/

adjective& adverb

In the style of a fugue, but not in strict or complete fugal form.
Example sentences
  • 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)

A passage in fugato style.
Example sentences
  • 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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