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[ree-cher-kahr-ey; Italian ree-cher-kah-re] /ˌri tʃərˈkɑr eɪ; Italian ˌri tʃɛrˈkɑ rɛ/
noun, plural ricercari
[ree-cher-kahr-ee; Italian ree-cher-kah-ree] /ˌri tʃərˈkɑr i; Italian ˌri tʃɛrˈkɑ ri/ (Show IPA)
Origin of ricercare
< Italian, noun use of ricercare to seek; see research Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for ricercare


noun (in music of the 16th and 17th centuries) (pl) -cari (-ˈkɑːriː), -cars
an elaborate polyphonic composition making extensive use of contrapuntal imitation and usually very slow in tempo
an instructive composition to illustrate instrumental technique; étude
Word Origin
Italian, literally: to seek again
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