Definition of fugal in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfyo͞oɡəl/ /ˈfjuɡəl/


  • Of the nature of a fugue.

    ‘the virtuosity of the fugal finale’
    • ‘Haydn composed many symphonies, divertimentos, and chamber pieces for secular entertainments; several of the late symphonies from the 1780s are in three movements without minuet and some contain fugal finales.’
    • ‘Only during the fugal finale do the singing, acting, and stage conception come together to move the listener and to convince him how great this opera really is.’
    • ‘The fugal finale was full of clarity of motivic detail, every part in place, building thrilling momentum.’
    • ‘Kletzki's symphony is an unsettling work, written in German fugal modes and sonata form that stretch back to Bach and Haydn yet rippling with refugee jitters, the rhythms of dispossession.’
    • ‘There follows a chapter on the three fugal finales from op.20, its start a high point of felicitous writing.’
    • ‘The Bristol instrument and indeed Adrian Partington are at their most convincing when there is a constant flow of music, as in the fugal development to the sonata's finale.’
    • ‘He excelled the skills even of Frescobaldi in the manipulation of fugal devices such as countersubject, stretto and sustained pedalpoint.’
    • ‘At the premiere Handel gave an organ extemporisation on the fugal subject taken up by the choir.’
    • ‘Zelenka's music is always very pleasant and one must take particular notice of his exquisite ‘Salve Regina’, a truly exquisite work that is brimful and replete with melodies and fugal counterpoint.’
    • ‘The cadenza's fugal opening was arresting, followed by Beethovenian drama and power.’
    • ‘There was a fine performance by the boys' choir, Boni Pueri, whose five part final chorus is characterised by richly scored orchestral music combined with traditional fugal writing.’
    • ‘If she conceives of it as a fugue, she uses techniques of counterpoint and fugal structure to make the piece.’
    • ‘In vivid inventiveness and rhetorical originality he outstrips his master Le Sueur, while showing a firm grasp of contrapuntal and fugal techniques not at all evident in his examination results at the time.’
    • ‘And Handel was no less rigorous and independent in his exploitation of fugal material by inferior composers.’
    • ‘The sixteenth variation - a famous tour-de-force - is a ‘French overture’ - that is, a grand introduction of slow dotted rhythms, followed by a fugal allegro.’
    • ‘It consists of a complete four-minute piece, in the form of a simple prelude or voluntary and the start - just a few bars - of a fugal Allegro in the manner of a toccata.’
    • ‘There are seven movements, the first six slow, sparely scored, and pregnant with anticipation before the finale explodes into a furious fugal dash to the abyss.’
    • ‘Its fugal partner is heroic music in the form of a French Overture; Parmentier plays it quite slowly which allows all the delicious detail to come forth.’
    • ‘At the announcement of fugal subject, the choirs join.’
    • ‘The work mixes long, singing lines with fugal and canonic sections.’