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  • Nigel Wilkins


One of the three formes fixes (the others are the ballade and the rondeau) that dominated French song and poetry in the 14th and 15th centuries. Its musical structure is essentially ABBA, regardless of subtleties of rhythm and metre in the superimposed text. The virelai form has a long and complex history, closely interwoven with the general history of early song and dance....

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