What’s a Fugue?



Instead of giving a comprehensive answer, and run the risk of inciting total confusion, I’ll present an analogy and then show you a video.

First off, a fugue is a complex type of musical composition (a kind of puzzle, really) based on a theme, better known as a subject.

Imagine a conversation between 2-6 people. One person suggests a topic and the next person picks it up until everyone is talking at once. Normally, it wouldn’t be possible to make sense of what they’re saying as a collective. But if you focus on one speaker at a time, no problem.

In a fugue, all the voices sounding together make complete sense (aurally and visually).

Here’s a video to show you what I mean. The subject is taken from a Britney Spears tune and ingeniously presented.


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