Definitions of fugue

  1. dissociative disorder in which a person forgets who who they are and leaves home to creates a new life; during the fugue there is no memory of the former life; after recovering there is no memory for events during the dissociative state Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a musical form consisting of a theme repeated a fifth above or a fourth below its first statement Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a dreamlike state of altered consciousness that may last for hours or days Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. A polyphonic composition, developed from a given theme or themes, according to strict contrapuntal rules. The theme is first given out by one voice or part, and then, while that pursues its way, it is repeated by another at the interval of a fifth or fourth, and so on, until all the parts have answered one by one, continuing their several melodies and interweaving them in one complex progressive whole, in which the theme is often lost and reappears. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Sudden temporary alterations in the normally integrative functions of consciousness. Medical Dictionary DB
  6. A musical composition in which the parts repeat at intervals the same subject or theme. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Flight, ambulatory automatism; a wandering away from home under an hysterical impulsion, often with loss of memory of one's name, residence, occupation, etc. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  8. A composition in which the parts follow or pursue one another at certain distances. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Piece of music in which the parts seem to chase each other. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. A composition in which a theme introduced by one part is repeated and imitated by the others in succession. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. A composition in which the different parts run after or follow each other, each repeating the subject at a certain interval above or below the preceding part. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. In music, a piece in which the parts follow or chase each other with certain repetitions at intervals. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. f[=u]g, n. (mus.) a form of composition in which the subject is given out by one part and immediately taken up by a second, its answer, during which the first part supplies an accompaniment or counter-subject, and so on.--n. FUG'UIST, one who writes or plays fugues. [Fr.,--It. fuga--L. fuga, flight.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  14. Polyphonic composition on one or more short themes contrapuntally harmonized& re-introduced from time to time; hence fuguist (1) n. (Vb) compose or perform f. (fuguing or fugued, in the form of a f.). [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  15. A psychogenic flight reaction, usually accompanied by loss of memory for the event. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  16. [Fr.] (Music.) A contrapuntal composition, not easily defined. The parts, not beginning at once, follow or pursue one another at intervals. A short theme or melody generally begins ; then follows the answer, i.e. the same theme a fifth higher or a fourth lower. The third part gives the original subject in the principal key but an octave higher or lower, and is also followed by its answer. The themes are treated with freedom and variety, and recur at diminished intervals of time. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  17. n. [French, Latin] A musical composition in which a passage or phrase is delivered by one part of the chorus and repeated by the other parts at alternating intervals—so called because the different parts seem to chase each other. Cabinet Dictionary
  18. A term in musick. Complete Dictionary

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