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a. A theological or philosophical issue presented for formal argument or disputation.
b. Formal disputation of such an issue.
2. Music A usually humorous medley.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin quodlibetum, from Latin quod libet, anything at all : quod, what; see kwo- in Indo-European roots + libet, it pleases, third person sing. present tense of libēre, to be pleasing; see leubh- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Music, other) a light piece of music based on two or more popular tunes
2. (Theology) a subtle argument, esp one prepared as an exercise on a theological topic
[C14: from Latin, from quod what + libet pleases, that is, whatever you like]
ˌquodliˈbetical adj
ˌquodliˈbetically adv
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(ˈkwɒd ləˌbɛt)

1. a subtle or elaborate argument or point of debate, usu. on a theological or scholastic subject.
2. a fanciful arrangement of usu. familiar tunes in polyphonic relationship.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin quodlibetum; compare Latin quod libet what pleases, as you please]
quod`li•bet′ic, quod`li•bet′i•cal, adj.
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a nice or fine point, as in argument; a subtlety. — quodlibetal, adj.
See also: Argumentation, Philosophy
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 a musical medley; a collection of several airs, 1377.
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Noun1.quodlibet - an issue that is presented for formal disputation
issue - an important question that is in dispute and must be settled; "the issue could be settled by requiring public education for everyone"; "politicians never discuss the real issues"
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n (Mus) → Quodlibet nt, → (Lieder)potpourri nt
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Among the topics are from content to method: the Liber de causis in Albert the Great, citing the Book of Causes, IV: Henry of Ghent and his (?) Questions on the Metaphysics, the Liber de causis in some Central European quodlibets, Eriugenism in Berthold of Moosburg's Expositio super Elementationem theologican Procli, and Plato's Parmenides as serious game: Contarini and the Renaissance reception of Proclus.
(27) He lived in Harbour Grace as its governor from 1618, and while there he composed a book of epigrams on many themes, published in London in 1628, which he called Quodlibets, literally "What pleases (you)" or "What-you-wish." Hayman knew William Vaughan; they were both born in 1575, they both attended Oxford University, Hayman at Exeter College, Vaughan at Jesus College, and their compositions were both promotions of settlement in Newfoundland.
In this sense, quaestiones were academic exercises, sometimes oral, other times written, with affinities to the university disputations or quodlibets, which were the most popular academic exercise of the medieval university.
--Quodlibeta questions: Volumes 1 and 2, Quodlibets 1-7 (Yale Library of Medieval Philosophy Series).
They were called Quodlibets when I was first introduced to them by singing, "In the Good Old Summertime" along with "The Sidewalks of New York." Besides being fun to pair two songs together, it is a great way for elementary students to begin hearing and singing in harmony.
There were no conditionals, quodlibets, orsic et nons in this formulation, so Hamilton had to fall back on agency, and in this case both a reconstructive and retroactive agency on the one hand (Nitze's having recast his own intentions to fit a desired result that had not been manifest at the time of the signing) and an alienated, non-privileged agency on the other (those 'lawyers' that Hamilton speaks of derisively who have caused Nitze to change his mind).
In 1544, the editor and music teacher Wolfgang Schmeltzl produced an anthology of quodlibets, including at least one German contrafact of an Italian composition (Matthias Werrecore's "Schlact vor Pavia," based on Philipp Verdelot's "Una battaglia") for use in teaching at his monastic school in Vienna.
The range of topics included in these Quodlibets is truly representative of Ockham's interests, including logic, physics, anthropology, ethics, and natural and revealed theology.
Collage is the only technique Ives seems to have invented, and it has ancestors in quodlibets and medleys.
True, the New Grove (2001) has a short and excellent article on the genre, but the second edition of Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (1994-2008) includes it only as part of the discussion of the quodlibet; furthermore, major surveys of Western music history, such as that by Richard Taruskin, do not even mention it (The Oxford History of Western Music, 6 vols.
In his Quodlibet III, disputed in 1288, Giles of Rome asked ex professo whether the will could move itself.