ricercar


ri·cer·car

noun \ˌrē-(ˌ)chər-ˈkär\
plural ricercars or ri·cer·ca·ri \-ˈkä-(ˌ)rē\

Definition of RICERCAR

:  any of various usually keyboard musical forms especially of the 16th and 17th centuries in either quasi-improvisatory toccata style or strict polyphonic fugal style

Variants of RICERCAR

ri·cer·car or ri·cer·ca·re \-ˈkä-(ˌ)rā\

Origin of RICERCAR

Italian, from ricercare to seek again, seek out, from ri- re- (from Latin re-) + cercare to seek, from Late Latin circare to go about — more at search
First Known Use: 1789

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