Music. a chiefly polyphonic instrumental form of the 16th and 17th centuries closely resembling the vocal motet in structure and style.
a composition, especially for a keyboard instrument, having this form.
Also ricercare, ri·cer·ca·ta [ree-cher-kah-tuh] /ˌri tʃərˈkɑ tə/.
Origin of ricercar
First recorded in 1780–90; apocopated variant of ricercare
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