Definition of fugal in English:

fugal

adjective

  • Of the nature of a fugue.

    ‘the virtuosity of the fugal finale’
    • ‘The fugal finale was full of clarity of motivic detail, every part in place, building thrilling momentum.’
    • ‘He excelled the skills even of Frescobaldi in the manipulation of fugal devices such as countersubject, stretto and sustained pedalpoint.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If she conceives of it as a fugue, she uses techniques of counterpoint and fugal structure to make the piece.’
    • ‘The cadenza's fugal opening was arresting, followed by Beethovenian drama and power.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the announcement of fugal subject, the choirs join.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The work mixes long, singing lines with fugal and canonic sections.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the premiere Handel gave an organ extemporisation on the fugal subject taken up by the choir.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There follows a chapter on the three fugal finales from op.20, its start a high point of felicitous writing.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

fugal

/ˈfyo͞oɡəl//ˈfjuɡəl/