Quid non ebrietas (Adrian Willaert)
- 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.
Published: 1600 in Della imperfettione della moderna musica
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.
Original text and translations
Quid non ebrietas dissignat? Operta recludit,
What cannot be achieved through inebriation? It reveals secrets,