Flemish-style virginals of the 17th century

In this clip the ‘Pavan Lord Salisbury’ by Orlando Gibbons, from the collection “Parthenia” (1613) is performed by historical keyboard instrument Virginal.

It is always great to enjoy the antique music with antique historical instrument. Virginal is a kind of keyboard instrument in Renaissance period. Altogether with harpsichord, clavichord and fortepiano, they are the ancestor of modern piano. Their appearance, material used and sounding mechanism change a lot. Furthermore, change of the keyboard music writing style also reflects evolution of piano.

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