Ricercare [ricercar, recercar(e), recerchar(e), ricercata] (It.: ‘to search for’; Fr. recherché; Sp. recercada)
- John Caldwell
In its widest sense, a piece of an esoteric nature; a technical exercise either of a practical nature or illustrative of some device of composition.
The general notion of musical composition as a process of seeking or finding is ancient: it is referred to in the Vulgate by the very word from which ‘ricercare’ is derived (‘requirentes modos musicos’, ...