[ ree-cher-kahr-ey; Italian ree-cher-kah-re ]
/ ˌri tʃərˈkɑr eɪ; Italian ˌri tʃɛrˈkɑ rɛ /

noun, plural ri·cer·ca·ri [ree-cher-kahr-ee; Italian ree-cher-kah-ree] /ˌri tʃərˈkɑr i; Italian ˌri tʃɛrˈkɑ ri/.

Origin of ricercare

< Italian, noun use of ricercare to seek; see research
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British Dictionary definitions for ricercare


ricercar (ˈriːtʃəˌkɑː)

/ (ˌriːtʃəˈkɑːreɪ) /

noun plural -cari (-ˈkɑːriː) or -cars (in music of the 16th and 17th centuries)

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 for ricercare

Italian, literally: to seek again
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