Complete Works of Virginia Woolf: The Voyage Out
In three minutes she was deep in a very difficult, very classical fugue in A, and over her face came a queer remote impersonal expression of complete absorption and anxious satisfaction.
Now she stumbled; now she faltered and had to play the same bar twice over; but an invisible line seemed to string the notes together, form which rose a shape, a building.
a piece of music in which one or more tunes are introduced and then repeated in a complicated pattern.
1. to make a mistake or mistakes and stop while you are speaking, reading to sb or playing music;