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Meaning of ricercar

ri•cer•car

Pronunciation: (rē"chur-kär'), [key]
— n.
  1. 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.
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