Definitions for "Virelai"
Keywords:  stanza, rondeau, poem, rhyme, medieval
A musical composition in the rondeau style based on poems with two rhymes in each stanza.
Medieval and Renaissance fixed poetic form and chanson type with French courtly texts.
one of the French formes fixe, cultivated in the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. A strophic piece with an internal structure of A b b a A, where a capital letter designates a repetition of both text and music and lower case designates new text. The virelai typically had three stanzas; its refrain could easily lead into the new text of successive stanzas or serve to conclude the piece.
Keywords:  dance, lively, form
a lively dance form