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virginal,

musical instrument: see spinetspinet,
musical instrument of the harpsichord family. Although the terms virginal and spinet, interchangeable until the end of the 17th cent., were sometimes used indiscriminately to designate any harpsichord, they usually referred to small instruments having one
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virginal

a smaller version of the harpsichord, but oblong in shape, having one manual and no pedals
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She traces this trend through frequently arranged songs by the English virginalists, including "The Nightingale." Another song, "Fortune My Foe," experienced a rich life outside of music; it was often referenced in spoken plays and associated with a number of different texts, which allowed keyboard performers to "tell their own favorite version of the 'Fortune' story" (p.
At times the ornamentation seems reminiscent of the English virginalists, but is no worse for that: these works were known in Britain.
His voluntaries are of high quality and great historical importance, exhibiting practically every stage in the development from the multi-sectional fantasia of the virginalists to the two-movement form of Greene and Stanley; and his psalm interludes, though of much less interest musically, are significant as the earliest examples of their genre.