fugue

Part of speech: noun

A composition in which a theme introduced by one part is repeated and imitated by the others in succession.

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Usage examples "fugue":

  1. His prose, at its best, often recalls, in its richly imaginative cast, the manner of De Quincey in such passages as his Dream Fugue, or Our Ladies of Sorrow. - "Brief History of English and American Literature", Henry A. Beers.
  2. It was not a very fine composition, but this final chorus had the singular charm of fugue. - "Jackanapes, Daddy Darwin's Dovecot and Other Stories", Juliana Horatio Ewing.
  3. Outside, Odalie, Belinda, and Ensign Whitson were singing a trio, the parts somewhat at haphazard, the fugue- like effects coming in like the cadences of the wind, now high, now low, and in varying strength. - "The Story of Old Fort Loudon", Charles Egbert Craddock.