|Eye color||Light brown|
|Residence||Frederique Fugue's House, Elwood City|
|Job||Concert pianist, piano teacher, musicologist|
|Book debut||Arthur Plays the Blues|
|Cartoon debut||"Arthur Plays the Blues"|
|Voiced by||Noel Burton|
Dr. Frederique Fugue (also spelled Frederick Fugue) is a concert pianist, private tutor, and musicologist.
He came under the instruction of Mrs. Cardigan, who would teach him in piano until he became her star pupil.
Dr. Fugue went to Yale University, where he spent some time as a member of The Whiffenpoofs. While unclear whether he transferred or remained in Yale, he once had a dueling pianos match with Liberace at an unnamed music school.
Dr. Fugue acquired a grand piano, which he named Giselle. As a concert pianist, he played on his personal piano in places ranging from Vienna to Carnegie Hall, returning many times to some locations. He became friends with other famous musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma.
Sometime in the past, Fugue tutored a child named Mikey, who supposedly lost his grip strength due to the excessive number of scales he had practiced. However, Mikey may have been a story entirely made up by Binky.
When Fugue's old teacher Mrs. Cardigan decided to retire, she made phone calls with him and he accepted Arthur Read to be his student. However, when Arthur appeared to lack interest in learning piano, Dr. Fugue "fired" him. He briefly tutored Kenny afterward, but ended up "firing" him as well, for unknown reasons. Finding motivation to be now present in Arthur, he "re-hired" him.
With Ms. Krasny unable to take the Lakewood Elementary Choir to Bartleby Hall in Crown City, Dr. Fugue was hired as her substitute teacher. Ignoring Binky's attempt to avoid singing and temporarily overruling Ms. Krasny's preexisting promise of the solo role to Francine, he pushed the class into singing in harmony. He chose the song In the Good Old Summer Time for the choir, to relieve the feeling of winter. Once the choir had perfected their singing, Dr. Fugue wished for them to have fun. Though a closed road prevented the school bus from reaching Crown City, Dr. Fugue improvised and had the kids perform at a roadside diner.
Dr. Fugue tends to be very strict and no-nonsense, and is deeply methodical and analytical when teaching his students. He doesn't tolerate laziness and will ask his students to leave if he feels they aren't dedicated. However, he does have a softer side and genuinely wants his students to find enjoyment in the music they create, and tries to instill this in them even as he tutors them.
He is also a fan of musical variety television program Soul Train.
Dr. Fugue has gained several skills beyond actually playing the piano. By looking at a person's hands, he is able to estimate how long the subject has been playing piano, within an accuracy of a half year. He is able to memorize the exact number of notes in the collection of Bach's two-part inventions. Not only the number, but he is able to recall which notes are to be played throughout an entire piece, while simultaneously counting the number of mistakes made by the player.
- 602a. "Arthur Plays the Blues"
- 901b. "Tipping the Scales"
- 1210b. "D.W.'s Furry Freak-out"
- 1408a. "Arthur Unravels"
- His name is most likely based on the musical term "fugue", a composition with two or more voices or parts.
- His first name might be a reference to Frédéric Chopin, because a bust of Chopin is shown in Mrs. Cardigan's house, just a few seconds before she tells Arthur about Dr. Fugue.
- The name Frederique (spelled Frédérique in French) is actually a feminine name in French, translating to Frederica in English. Frédéric is the proper French form of Frederick..