One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘In his day he was chiefly famous as an organist and virginalist, being described by one listener as ‘the best finger of that age’.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘One of Henry's unhappy wives, Catherine Howard, lost her head because of immorality with the court virginalist before her marriage to the King!’
- ‘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.’
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