1 Music A contrapuntal composition in which a short melody or phrase (the subject) is introduced by one part and successively taken up by others and developed by interweaving the parts.
- Even though he had never even written a six-part fugue for keyboard, Bach immediately demurred.
- The following evening the King added a request for a six-part fugue by Bach on his theme.
- There are three solo pieces and a three-part fugue for clarinet, violin and cello.
2 Psychiatry A loss of awareness of one’s identity, often coupled with flight from one’s usual environment, associated with certain forms of hysteria and epilepsy.
- Discussions of psychogenic fugue in standard psychiatric references offer suggestions of sodium amobarbital interviews or hypnosis.
- In a few cases a person entered a fugue state where he would ‘come to’ far from his quarters with no memory of how he got there.
- He'd heard about people in fugue states that black out of reality and do thing in a dream like state.
Late 16th century: from French, or from Italian fuga, from Latin fuga 'flight', related to fugere 'flee'.
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