Definition of fugato in English:

fugato

adverb & adjective

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

noun

Music
  • A fugato passage.

    • ‘Foss writes toe-tapping fugatos, if you can believe it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Italian.

Pronunciation:

fugato

/f(y)o͞oˈɡädō/