FITZWILLIAM VIRGINAL BOOK AND ITS CONTINENTAL FOLLOWERS HARPSICHORDISTS 2017-08-01 19:00

FITZWILLIAM VIRGINAL BOOK AND ITS CONTINENTAL FOLLOWERS HARPSICHORDISTS

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  • August 2017

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Virginal is a keyboard instrument of the harpsichord family. The name derives from the word virgin, as it was most commonly played by young women, or from its sound, which is like a young girl's voice. In England until the XVII century any plucked string instrument was called this name. A virginal is a smaller and simpler rectangular shape of the harpsichord with only one string per note running more or less parallel to the keyboard on the long side of the case.

In the XVI – XVII centuries there was a Virginal School in England. Its most prominent representatives are William Bird and John Bull. Fitzwilliam Virginal Book is the most complete and oldest collection of works for virginal, which is stored at the Museum of the University of Cambridge. This collection was created in 1816 by Richard Fitzwilliam, a benefactor and musical antiquarian.