Definition of virginalist in English:



  • See virginal

    • ‘In his day he was chiefly famous as an organist and virginalist, being described by one listener as ‘the best finger of that age’.’
    • ‘One of Henry's unhappy wives, Catherine Howard, lost her head because of immorality with the court virginalist before her marriage to the King!’
    • ‘Melody, harmony, and rhythm became as important to music as plainsong and counterpoint, and the arts of ornamentation and virtuoso extemporization thrived among the virginalists, and among the lute and consort players.’
    • ‘This helps to explain the change in repertory from the complicated, technically demanding pieces of the virginalists to the simpler, more straightforward works found in many of the later sources.’