ricercare

ree-chair-KAR-ae
[Italian, ]
Term used in the Renaissance originally meaning a keyboard or lute composition of an introductory nature, similar to a prelude, but later meaning a free composition more resembling a fantasia or a fugue. Both forms of the ricercare were characterized by complexity and an esoteric nature.

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Last Updated: 2013-02-14 14:27:21