Pronunciation: (rē"chur-kär'), [key]
1. Music.a chiefly polyphonic instrumental form of the 16th and 17th centuries closely resembling the vocal motet in structure and style.
2. a composition, esp. for a keyboard instrument, having this form. Also,ricercare,ri•cer•ca•taPronunciation: (rē"chur-kä'tu). [key]
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