Definition of fugato in English:

fugato

adjective & adverb

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

    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’

noun

Music
  • A fugato passage.

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

Origin

Italian.

Pronunciation:

fugato

/f(y)o͞oˈɡädō/