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  • (Posted 2019-01-12)   CPDL #52888:     
Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2019-01-12).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 386 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed up a tone. Note values halved. Text underlay is editorial. Bass part reconstructed editorially.

General Information

Title: Quid non ebrietas
Composer: Adrian Willaert
Lyricist: Quintus Horatius Flaccus

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella


Description: The soprano and tenor parts were published without text by Giovanni Maria Artusi in 1600, with the heading Quidnam ebrietas. In 1938, Joseph S Levitan identified the text as an excerpt from one of Horace's Epistles, which takes the form of a dinner invitation to Torquatus, a lawyer. In the source, the tenor appears to end a seventh below the soprano. Implicit modulations allow the second half of the tenor part to be sung a degree lower than notated, thus ending on a consonance. Artusi's publication was the only known source of the piece until the 1950s, when Edward E Lowinsky discovered a partbook containing an alto part; this partbook, although texted, has errors in the text and the underlay does not appear entirely reliable. There is no extant source of the bass part.

External websites: http://www.jstor.org/stable/947818 http://www.jstor.org/stable/947522 http://www.mtosmt.org/issues/mto.04.10.1/mto.04.10.1.wibberley1.html

Original text and translations

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