Meaning of fugato in English:


Pronunciation /fjuːˈɡɑːtəʊ/ /fuːˈɡɑːtəʊ/


  • (of a passage of music) having the style of a fugue, but not in strict or complete fugal form.

    ‘the fugato section of Mozart's F-minor ‘Fantasy for Mechanical Organ’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The restless energy of the initial theme and its fugato companion return and lead to a headlong rush a la Mendelssohn to the movement's sudden end, on two quiet pizzicato chords.’


  • A passage in fugato style.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Her solo in the opening fugato sets you up for a transcendence that never happens, basically because the orchestra doesn't match her as well as it does in the Beethoven, always in the faster, jazzier sections.’
    • ‘The fugato is interrupted at its height by a homophonic statement by the entire ensemble, first in a single line and then in a huge two-voice version.’