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- n. An instrumental musical composition, fugal in style but in a more serious character and with longer notes.
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In a contrapuntal work such as a fugue (or ricercar), the leading phrase226 that sets the pattern of movement for the other voices was called the Dux.
Lighter works include chansons, songs in Neapolitan dialect villanellas, and some important early examples of the instrumental ricercar.
The centerpiece of the Cantata (1952) is a ricercar to a fifteenth-century "Sacred History" entitled "To-morrow shall be my dancing day."
In the numerous instrumental and secular vocal forms which were developed at this time and later (ricercar, canzone, tiento, toccata, præambulum, capriccio, chanson, strambotto, madrigal), original melodies were often substituted for a cantus flrmus taken from the
Tellingly, the elegance seems equally as at home in the decorative filigree of the sonata as in the expansiveness of the six-voice ricercar.
The entire work, therefore, is a ricercar in the original, literal sense of the word. "