Meaning of virginalist in English:



See virginal

‘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.’
  • ‘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.’
  • ‘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!’