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Virginal

  • The Elizabethan Era
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Although The Virginal – as a musical instrument is roughly traced to the 14th Century, it would become a very popular instrument during The Reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Related to The Harpsichord, The Virginal was much smaller and often constructed without legs. This required the musical device to be placed on a table or even the lap of The Player. The Virginal featured a series of strings like a Harpsichord, but each string was tuned to a specific played note only. The applied tension of the strings created a flute0like sound. The word ''Virginal'' is debated as being related to The ''Virgin Mary'' but some do cite that Elizabeth (nicknamed The Virgin Queen), was the real reason. The Device was among one of Her most popular instruments and it is rumored, She was a ''good player'' of The Device (learning when She was an ''exiled Princess'').