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my story today:

The oboist and composer
Rolf Riehm
(born 15 June 1937)
taught music theory in Frankfurt from 1974 to 2000
and wrote an opera, Sirenen, for a 2014 premiere at the Oper Frankfurt.

20 July 2019

(from User:Gerda Arendt/Stories)

music

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9 June · service
St. Martin, Idstein
2 June · concert
St. Valentin, Kiedrich
Mäzenatenkonzert
30 May · opera
see and listen

2024

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I made two cards for the transition from 2023 to 2024:

 

A German theologian wrote
"Vertraut den neuen Wegen"
(Trust the new ways)
to the melody of
Lob Gott getrost mit Singen
(Praise God confidently with singing)
to be sung at a wedding in Eisenach
shortly before the fall of the Wall.

7 April 2021

A little child, a little lamb, on a backdrop of war and death: hoping for more peace in 2024! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:38, 31 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

These were my "stories" on 1 January 2024 and 31 December 2023. If you want to follow a daily sentence throughout the year, use {{User Gerda Arendt/Top}}, and for the calendar pictures and the music of the year, see User:Gerda Arendt/Images 2024. Let's stay inspired and connected. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:18, 1 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

2024 · the anniversary of Bach's chorale cantatas

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June songs
 
 

2024 is the anniversary of the Achtliederbuch, the first Lutheran hymnal of 500 years ago, and - possibly related - Bach's cycle of Chorale cantatas 300 years ago. His works and the chorales on which they are based will be a focus for 2024. Ongoing are locations that played a role in my life, recent deaths, music heard and sung, composers, gardens. Watch my user page for articles, done in collaboration. Compare 2023 for the amazing number of users who began and expanded articles. Thanks also to reviewers, and I do plan to review more and write less, and in writing, focus more on quality than the little daily article.

2024 talk begins at #Have a happy New Year, Gerda!, 2024 calender pics and musical events begin here, and the 2024 diary of my own pictures of places, songs, food, flowers ... will come here, - just watch those lists if you are interested.

My talk goes like this: on top there's the "story" related to the day. Below are three boxes, often one for people remembered and two for musical experiences, performing or listening. In these boxes, topics related to the top story and topics featured on the Main page appear bold. Right here you see the image of the month with songs of the month, typically related to meetings with friends who gave them to me. I archive from time. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:35, 1 January 2024 (UTC) - updated order --Gerda Arendt (talk) 18:57, 10 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Have a happy New Year, Gerda!

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Belated seasons greetings; great contribution

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Belated Christmas greetings and happy new year. I have not sent my usual greetings this season. Coordinator work, preparing a talk for January 2 and real life have me quite busy. I just took better notice of User:Gerda Arendt/Stories. As always, this is another great contribution to the project by you. Donner60 (talk) 22:29, 30 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

Thank you, Donner60, and all the best for 2024! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:42, 31 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

Happy New Year!

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Dear Gerda, I apologize for not replying to your thoughtful messages. December is usually a busy month for me; this one has been even more so, much of it because of my own doing! But I wanted to let you know that I did read them and that it means very much to me that you took the trouble to think of me, despite my occasional irascibility. (Within me the patrimony of my hot-blooded Italian forebears are ever in conflict with the expressive austerity of my Basque ancestors!) Thank you for everything that you do on here. My sincerest wishes to you for good health and much joy in 2024! :) —CurryTime7-24 (talk) 21:43, 31 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

Thank you for your personal expression, and have a good curry time in 2024 - brief, off to the village fireworks to come. I just finished my pics of 2023, and it was a good harvest, in the end of many Christmas trees, angels, high water and a flaming sky. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:38, 31 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

Have a wonderful New Year, Gerda!

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A year filled with music and song, food and friends, hiking and nature!

Hi Gerda Arendt, Best wishes that the new year brings peace, prosperity, health and happiness.
Thank you for everything you do for the Wikipedia community, your article improvements,
and bringing people together here.


Image: New Year's Eve Foxfires at the Changing Tree Oji, Utagawa Hiroshige, woodcut, 1857

Netherzone (talk) 00:13, 1 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Netherzone, thank you for a lovely start in the new year, - see my "response" (written before I went to bed).

Happy New Year!

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  Happy New Year!
Happy New Year from Martha and I! Appalachian Spring was one of many articles you helped me with this year, and I am beyond grateful for the support and time you've given me in my first full year as an editor. Here's to a new year of composers, compositions, and singers! MyCatIsAChonk (talk) (not me) (also not me) (still no) 00:43, 1 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thank you for the personal greeting, and it's all my pleasure, MyCatIsAChonk. Igor and I. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:02, 1 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Have a good year in 2024

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Make the music and keep up the good work! Cheers, · · · Peter Southwood (talk): 15:04, 3 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you, Peter, for coming over! Same to you! - I try. What do you think of my question here? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:16, 3 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Happy New Year and Thank You!

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Hi Gerda, Just to wish you a Happy New Year and to say that I'm retiring from Wikipedia after a good innings. Thank you for your encouragement and cheerfulness! I will still be contactable via my talk page and have said I'm happy to answer questions there too. Bless you Bermicourt (talk) 18:50, 5 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you, sad to see you go, but do what's best for you! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:50, 5 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
I'm considering contributing to German Wikipedia instead, but conscious I'm not a native speaker so will need to up my game! Maybe I'll see you there! :) Bermicourt (talk) 17:15, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Fine, - ping me when you create something to be reviewed. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 17:36, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

A barnstar for you!

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  The Original Barnstar
I bestow this award to you, Gerda, for being an untiring teacher. Along with creating so many new music articles that the world can enjoy, you also share with me (and others) interesting anecdotes about the music and your life. I really appreciate the learnings from the messages you leave, and as a token of my thanks, this barnstar is for you. Rosiestep (talk) 20:41, 3 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thank you, Rosie, that's very original and touching! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:42, 3 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

DYK for Catalogue of Works of Carl Friedrich Abel

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On 5 January 2024, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Catalogue of Works of Carl Friedrich Abel, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that the new Catalogue of Works of Carl Friedrich Abel, listing 420 compositions, was introduced at a festival celebrating Abel's tercentenary in Köthen? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Catalogue of Works of Carl Friedrich Abel. You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how, Catalogue of Works of Carl Friedrich Abel).

Z1720 (talk) 00:03, 5 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Wonderful to see this on the main page after the wait! MyCatIsAChonk (talk) (not me) (also not me) (still no) 17:15, 5 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
About time. Article begun in May, meant to appear with the Abel Fest in June. Then we missed his birthday on 22 December. I wanted it with the image, for various reasons,
 

The new
Catalogue of Works of Carl Friedrich Abel,
listing 420 compositions,
was introduced
at a festival
celebrating Abel's tercentenary
in Köthen.

5 January 2024

but this is better than nothing. - What do you think of the nom for Anna Nekhames? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 17:31, 5 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

  1. Catalogue of Works of Carl Friedrich Abel 5 Jan
  2. Ryland Davies 9 Jan
  3. Kihwan Sim 12 Jan
  4. Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst 15 Jan
  5. Thomas Fritzsch 16 Jan
  6. St. Joseph, Wedding 20 Jan
  7. Vivi Vassileva 21 Jan
  8. St. Martin, Oestrich 25 Jan
  9. Shalom chaverim 25 Jan
  10. Anna Nekhames 26 Jan
  11. Stephen Gould (tenor) 7 Feb
  12. Tamara Milashkina 20 Feb
  13. Caspar Richter 3 Mar
  14. Cecelia Hall 23 Mar
  15. Kelsey Lauritano 26 Mar
  16. Florian Ludwig 26 Mar
  17. Karsten Januschke 29 Mar
  18. Tilmann Köhler 5 Apr
  19. Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine 30 Apr
  20. Magdalena Hinterdobler 10 May
  21. Liviu Holender 22 May
  22. St. Trinitatis, Wolfenbüttel 26 May
  23. Samuel Kummer 30 May

ITN recognition for Hermann Baumann (musician)

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On 5 January 2024, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Hermann Baumann (musician), which you nominated and updated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. PFHLai (talk) 01:00, 5 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you, PFHLai, for the first of the year. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 17:31, 5 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

For more detail see Wikipedia:WikiProject Quality Article Improvement/Recent deaths --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:30, 18 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

  1. Hermann Baumann (musician) - PFHLai (talk) 01:00, 5 January 2024 (UTC)
  2. Chris Karrer - Stephen 22:18, 9 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
  3. Tamara Milashkina - PFHLai (talk) 23:36, 17 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
  4. Romuald Twardowski - Stephen 01:41, 20 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
  5. Ewa Podleś - Stephen 00:05, 24 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
  6. Gerd Uecker - Stephen 10:28, 26 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
  7. Oskar Negt - Stephen 22:41, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  8. Helga Paris - Stephen 22:41, 12 February 2024 (UTC)
  9. Seiji Ozawa - SpencerT•C 05:47, 12 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  10. Alfred Grosser - Ingenuity (talk • contribs) 00:43, 11 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  11. Ladislav Burlas - Stephen 00:00, 19 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  12. Rudolf Jansen - PFHLai (talk) 19:06, 19 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  13. Johanna von Koczian - PFHLai (talk) 20:04, 17 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  14. Ira von Fürstenberg - Stephen 23:31, 24 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  15. Gabriela Grillo - Stephen 08:00, 2 March 2024 (UTC)
  16. Françoise Garner - PFHLai (talk) 12:33, 13 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
  17. Guy Touvron - PFHLai (talk) 23:59, 15 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
  18. Aribert Reimann - Stephen 21:20, 19 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
  19. Maurizio Pollini - – robertsky (talk) 02:28, 28 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
  20. Peter Eötvös - Tone 10:42, 30 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
  21. Günther Leib - PFHLai (talk) 21:26, 28 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
  22. Judith Hemmendinger - Stephen 23:47, 31 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
  23. Hans Joachim Meyer - Stephen 01:56, 5 April 2024 (UTC)
  24. Notker Wolf - PFHLai (talk) 17:28, 8 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
  25. Gerhard Lohfink - Stephen 23:14, 9 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
  26. Kalevi Kiviniemi - Stephen 23:31, 9 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
  27. Michael Boder - PFHLai (talk) 16:02, 13 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
  28. Dieter Rexroth - PFHLai (talk) 23:30, 15 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
  29. Joe Viera - Amakuru (talk) 11:20, 15 April 2024 (UTC) (14 Apr)Reply
  30. Lorenzo Palomo - Stephen 01:24, 18 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
  31. Andrew Davis - SpencerT•C 19:28, 22 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
  32. Samuel Kummer - – robertsky (talk) 07:22, 28 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
  33. Peter Demetz - SpencerT•C 21:32, 6 May 2024 (UTC)
  34. Gerhard Müller - PFHLai (talk) 09:55, 15 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
  35. Willi Brokmeier - Ad Orientem (talk) 19:17, 25 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
  36. Rolf-Ernst Breuer - Schwede66 07:08, 29 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
  37. Hugues Gall - PFHLai (talk) 12:14, 2 June 2024 (UTC)
  38. Alexander Lang - Schwede66 20:16, 5 June 2024 (UTC)Reply
  39. Jürgen Moltmann - Schwede66 10:03, 10 June 2024 (UTC)Reply

Your GA nomination of Macht hoch die Tür

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The article Macht hoch die Tür you nominated as a good article has passed  ; see Talk:Macht hoch die Tür for comments about the article, and Talk:Macht hoch die Tür/GA1 for the nomination. Well done! If the article has never appeared on the Main Page as a "Did you know" item, and has not appeared within the last year either as "Today's featured article", or as a bold link under "In the news" or in the "On this day" prose section, you can nominate it within the next seven days to appear at DYK. Bolded names with dates listed at the bottom of the "On this day" column do not affect DYK eligibility. Message delivered by ChristieBot, on behalf of Schminnte -- Schminnte (talk) 22:24, 8 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

  1. Macht hoch die Tür - Schminnte (talk) 22:24, 8 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
  2. Stephen Gould (tenor) - MyCatIsAChonk (talk) 00:03, 18 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
  3. Ryland Davies - Utopes (talk) 19:41, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  4. Du Hirte Israel, höre, BWV 104 - MyCatIsAChonk (talk) 11:43, 13 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
  5. Magdalena Hinterdobler - MyCatIsAChonk (talk) 21:04, 4 June 2024 (UTC)Reply
  6. Cecelia Hall (mezzo-soprano) - 750h+ (talk) 12:03, 14 June 2024 (UTC)Reply

Notice

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  There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Thank you. Narutolovehinata5 (talk · contributions) 23:45, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

  • Gerda, perhaps if you started out every hook with "Did you know ... that Narutolovehinata5 is very important ... and also [insert hook here]. --Floquenbeam (talk) 00:10, 11 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

A barnstar for you!

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  The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
For all the wonderful things you do for the encyclopedia, especially for spreading friendship, and for bringing music to the main page with your DYK work there. Thank you for being you! Netherzone (talk) 01:00, 11 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Seconding @Netherzone here. I didn't see the post in time to oppose vehemently. But I love what you bring to all areas, especially talk pages since that's where I frequently see you @Gerda Arendt. Thanks for always sharing your passions with us. Star Mississippi 17:59, 11 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

I offer you my deepest apologies Gerda

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Hello Gerda. I would just want you to know that I am very sorry for the ANI discussion I started earlier. I had been having some real-life stress lately and it felt like it may have affected my feelings on-wiki. I'm very sorry for the attitude I have shown you over the past few weeks. I very much appreciate your efforts on Wikipedia and your dedication to the project even if we disagree on many things, and I just want to let you know that despite everything that has happened you are still an editor I admire and respect. You are a net positive to DYK and while we may disagree on views, what we can agree on is that your articles are very informative and a net good to the project. Again, I am sorry for what I have done. Rest assured that regardless of our differences I support your efforts on Wikipedia to improve our coverage on classical music and Germany. Narutolovehinata5 (talk · contributions) 02:46, 11 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

I woke up thinking Joy to the world. I tried to bring joy, it's turned into trivia, and I'm accused of bad faith. Travelling now, no time to even look. Before looking, I can't tell if I can accept apologies, which may may be tomorrow. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:52, 11 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Narutolovehinata5, still today, I'm on a train, the train has a connection (all things that can't be taken for granted): apologies for attitude accepted, but I hope that it really will change, because I felt it becoming a danger to diversity of information and freedom of speech. For those unfamiliar with the situation: we escalated over the hook for Kihwan Sim, which was replaced in prep against my protest. That hook should not run, it's a triviality said about a living person who deserves merit for specific achievements. - I looked at the thread and found some gems of support there that I will place in my "blushing" cabinet, - thank you, all! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:19, 11 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
This is not an indictment of Naruto but like others on the AN/I thread I have found that Wikipedia seems to have become more hostile. I suppose one could surmise at least somewhat that it is born out of necessity. We appear to live at a time where I feel my thoughts on life and the way I wish to live life are going the way of faeries and dragons. Nobody cares, love is fleeting, and civility and affording basic human respect are more centered on your position in relation to mine rather than the fact you are a fellow human being. The cruelty is not AN/I or Naruto's position. The cruelty is everything that has led up to it. People are becoming less nice and we are told it is normal, discussions less civil but we are told to accept it. Where is the empathy?
Gerda, you are a blessing and so precious, my friend. I said it after we first met and I maintain that yours is one the brightest lights I have been so fortunate to meet here. Keep singing, keep shining, keep being you. --ARoseWolf 13:52, 11 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

For a sunbeam on these winter afternoons

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  The DYK Barnstar
My small thanks for the large amount of work you do here, Rjjiii (talk) 09:02, 11 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

The Medal for Joy

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  The medal for bringing joy to Wikipedia
The ANI thread was closed by the OP before there could be a formal close by a third party. Reviewing it post-close, I see a strong consensus that you should be awarded a medal for the joy that you bring to Wikipedia. So, here it is - enjoy! And thanks from me personally for all of our past interactions, and all the work you do here. Girth Summit (blether) 19:30, 11 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
THIS! Gerda you are a beloved contributor, who first encouraged me to submit a DYK and taught me how the process worked by your kind words, "watch what I do". I've learned so much from you over the years about patience, diplomacy, and of course I appreciate how you generously spread joy, music, food, and nature within this community, and the global community. And personally, you have educated this old-skool rock-n-roller about opera and classical music general. You rock, girl! Thank you, precious! Netherzone (talk) 03:19, 12 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Upper Bounds

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Hi, Gerda, I hope you will forgive me for overstepping my bounds. They are both positive to infinity & beyond. I look forward to seeing your postings online in the future. You do some amazing things around here :) cheers to the 11th & to 2024! Ktochle (talk) 20:49, 11 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

A musical barnstar!

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  The Music Barnstar
For your hard work on expanding so many articles on musical compositions, hymns, opera and lesser-known singers, and bringing many of them to ITN! Keep up the good work! ChaotıċEnby(t · c) 21:30, 11 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

DYK for Kihwan Sim

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On 12 January 2024, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Kihwan Sim, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Kihwan Sim, a bass-baritone performer at the Oper Frankfurt, learned to play the tuba during his two years of military service? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Kihwan Sim. You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how, Kihwan Sim), and the hook may be added to the statistics page after its run on the Main Page has completed. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Aoidh (talk) 00:02, 12 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Kihwan Sim

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Thank you for support, barnstars and recognition. I had a great day with friends and family, and am too tired for individual comments. What brought us here was my DYK nomination for a singer who fascinated me, Template:Did you know nominations/Kihwan Sim, followed by questioning the sourcing for part of the hook together with the suggestion of a completely different hook, WT:DYK#Kihwan Sim. I was away, and didn't see that this new hook, although I objected and explained that I was away, was put in prep. I still object, a) because it says something trivial about him instead of celebrating his achievements, b) because I hate to be held responsible for putting "military" on the Main page. It reached the Main page now. Help?? - I will have no time for Wikipedia today, as yesterday. - For those who believe that our readers are not interested in opera: in the last case of an opera singer, Ryland Davies, more people viewed the opera than the singer. Let's not underestimate our readers, and not censor what we offer them. -- Gerda Arendt (talk) 00:11, 12 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Still little time: I told the story today that I wanted to tell, and the Main page still has the story I think tells too little. Thank you for all support, but the most wanted support would be to change that. The approved version is in the nomination, also a modified hook that was taken to prep. Everybody: don't miss to look and listen, Sim and Guggeis in interview, and the French revolution hints ;) - "Se vuol ballare" --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:47, 12 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

I totally get your POV and I sympathize, but I think the hook on the main page is quite good. I understand that you think differently. Sometimes when we get really close to a subject, we get a bit of tunnel vision and that's normal. I personally like the idea that we can meet somewhere in the middle. Viriditas (talk) 21:36, 12 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Please don't get me wrong: I don't think it was an impossible hook, but it wasn't what I wanted to tell, - I wanted to talk about the first production of our fascinating new GMD, and the title role would have been the best related topic. What I disliked was that it was thrown in prep without consulting me. Also: the world "military" in the hook is really something I don't get behind. - I wanted to mention the French Revolution, and you may have seen the hints, not only in expressive gestures, but also the French flag colours by constellation of the performers for a moment ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:51, 12 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Yeah, that makes sense. I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed the hook even if you didn't, and that your "worst" hooks are better than my best ones! Viriditas (talk) 22:32, 12 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

The Main Page Barnstar

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Incredibly upset at the recent ANI, both that it existed and that I missed the opportunity to comment in it. However, there's no time limit on giving a barnstar, so better late than never: Gerda, you deserve more barnstars than the WP community could ever pour on you, for both your tireless contributions to the Main Page and article space, but also for indefatigable ability to spread good cheer behind the scenes. Thank you for everything that you do - best wishes,  Frzzl  talk; contribs  12:43, 14 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thank you, and don't be upset please about something that seems to clarify things. Thank you for the barnstar and the recognition - much appreciated! - I brought more than 90 names to the News section of the Main page, many more than DYK, and experience much more collegial reviewing in that field. - You can comment in the matter, and more productively than in WP:Great Dismal Swamp: check out my user page and look for articles nominated for DYK, and review or comment there. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 17:50, 14 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

DYK for Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst

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On 15 January 2024, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst (How Deserted Lies the City), a motet composed by Rudolf Mauersberger after the bombing of Dresden, was first performed in the destroyed Kreuzkirche (pictured)? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst. You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how, Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst), and the hook may be added to the statistics page after its run on the Main Page has completed. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Isabelle Belato 🏳‍🌈 00:02, 15 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

A piece we sang in 1999, to end a century of violence. My story today. I like recordings, 1951 with the original performers and 2020 Windsbacher Knabenchor, with explanations (in German). --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:04, 15 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

DYK for St. Joseph, Wedding

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On 20 January 2024, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article St. Joseph, Wedding, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that St. Joseph, a 1909 Catholic church in the Romanesque Revival style in Berlin-Wedding, has served as an interim cathedral since 2018? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/St. Joseph, Wedding. You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how, St. Joseph, Wedding).

Isabelle Belato 🏳‍🌈 00:02, 20 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Cute: today is the birthday of a friend whose wedding was on a 17 September, the day I was at St. Joseph, Wedding, in 2023 and took the two photos in the article - see also more details. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:29, 20 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

DYK for St. Martin, Oestrich

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On 25 January 2024, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article St. Martin, Oestrich, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that the Late Gothic appearance of the church of St. Martin (interior pictured) in Oestrich was destroyed in the Thirty Years' War and restored only in 1894? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/St. Martin, Oestrich. You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how, St. Martin, Oestrich), and the hook may be added to the statistics page after its run on the Main Page has completed. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Ganesha811 (talk) 00:02, 25 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

DYK for Shalom chaverim

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On 25 January 2024, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Shalom chaverim, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that "Shalom chaverim" ('Peace, friends'), a Hebrew traditional folk song, has been sung at events commemorating the Holocaust and victims of anti-Semitic violence? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Shalom chaverim. You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how, Shalom chaverim).

Ganesha811 (talk) 00:03, 25 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

   ~ ToBeFree (talk) 20:52, 25 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

27 January

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Birthday of Mozart and our conductor:

20 January · service
 
in memoriam
 
26 November 2023 · concert
 

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:20, 28 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

DYK for Stephen Gould (tenor)

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On 7 February 2024, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Stephen Gould (tenor), which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Stephen Gould performed three roles at the 2022 Bayreuth Festival: Tannhäuser, Siegfried and Tristan, earning him nicknames such as "Iron Man"? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Stephen Gould (tenor). You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how, Stephen Gould (tenor)).

Ganesha811 (talk) 02:08, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Finally, good to see him at DYK! MyCatIsAChonk (talk) (not me) (also not me) (still no) 11:53, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
yes, thank you for noticing --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:58, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

BWV 22

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Every time I visit your pages I end up having to learn about a lovely new cantata! Thank you so much for all your work. It's BWV 22 right now – what a gorgeous thing, despite the tragic lack of trumpets.

I have a personally busy time coming up with Bach and some other guy called Handel and some other other guy called Telemann. Should be fun.

Cheers!! DBaK (talk) 19:56, 11 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Cheers back, listening right now to an opera by the Handel guy (Poro) which Telemann presented as Cleofida in Hamburg in 1732 adding marches he must have enjoyed writing. German recitatives. Never heard. Delightful. - You don't have to come to my page as long you have "story" in a box by me ;) - Our Bach endeavour will be three cantatas!!! 5 May, - come over, plenty of trumpets in BWV 11 ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:23, 11 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

ITN recognition for Seiji Ozawa

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On 12 February 2024, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Seiji Ozawa, which you updated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. SpencerT•C 05:47, 12 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

12 years

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Dear Gerda, thanks for your greeting, which I warmly reciprocate. I have stepped back from wp for the past few months, partly because of pressures at home (caring for supercentenarian mother). But you rightly diagnose the local cause of inactivity and I will strive to take your precious advice to heart. Thanks for noticing, and very best wishes for 2024. So sorry about Seiji Ozawa. Eebahgum (talk) 14:04, 12 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you! - I thank Ozawa personally two (mostly) unforgettable matinees in Tanglewood (where children under 5 were not welcome for the concerts, but the dress rehearsals), of Haydn's Die Schöpfung, choir all in white and singing from memory, "Und eine neue Welt" (And a new world) of unearthly lightness, and a Mozart piano concerto with Mitsuko Uchida (forgot which, forgot rest of the program) when all the birds under the roof of the Shed began chirping when the piano entered, and remember how she smiled. - I thank Christoph Eschenbach for a great Verdi Requiem at the same place, and could do so in person after a concert of Bruckner's Sixths, saying that I liked it very much (and it had been 12 years earlier), and he smiled and said "Ich auch". --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:19, 12 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Uchida held us breathless at Snape Maltings a few years ago with a solo concert of the three final Beethoven sonatas. It seems somehow improper to comment on such a comprehensively personal and dynamically brilliant exposition, but we certainly felt the warmth of the pedalling building the whole conception. It was terrific Beethoven! Your mention of the chirping birds reminds me of an open air evening concert in the Forum in Rome back in 1977 - it was Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, and every time the horns came in, all the wild cats that live in the Forum responded by yowling together in a loud chorus after a moment's delay. Whether they liked it or not I don't know, but it touched something in their souls, for the effect came back a couple of times as if it had been written into Sonata Form. Happy cats! Eebahgum (talk) 01:27, 13 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you!

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Just making sure someone remembers to thank *you* for all your work on editor retention, all your new articles and DYKs, and your general good cheer and Excellent work. We love having you here. Stay cool. jengod (talk) 16:14, 12 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you, jengod, feels good! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 17:35, 12 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Precious anniversary

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Dear Gerda, it's such a pleasure to hear from you -- a most welcome antidote to the ambitions, rivalries, and animosities ubiquitous at Wikipedia as elsewhere in this human-inhabited world. Nihil novi (talk) 07:13, 17 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Such a nice thing to read when waking up! If you want to hear from me monthly, join WP:QAI, and if you want to hear from me daily use {{User Gerda Arendt/Top}} (which is easier). --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:52, 17 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

DYK for Tamara Milashkina

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On 20 February 2024, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Tamara Milashkina, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that the Soviet soprano Tamara Milashkina performed alongside her husband Vladimir Atlantov at New York's Metropolitan Opera in 1975? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Tamara Milashkina. You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how, Tamara Milashkina), and the hook may be added to the statistics page.

Ganesha811 (talk) 00:02, 20 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

My story was different, mentioning the Music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:

 

Tamara Milashkina,
the first Soviet Russian soprano trained at La Scala,
portrayed Russian characters
with emotion and authenticity
touring with the Bolshoi Theatre
as Tchaikovsky's Tatyana at the Vienna State Opera
and as Lisa at the Metropolitan Opera.

18 January 2024

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:17, 20 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Listen to my next subject singing Tchaikovsky. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:38, 20 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Moving Grimes2 (talk) 16:20, 20 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thanks for this treat! (How is it that you know what I like?) Viriditas (talk) 19:10, 20 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
You like what I like. Thank you for coming over. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:51, 21 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thankyou for the Tchaikowsky "Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt" (Nyet, tolko tot menya). You were lucky to hear such a performance live. I like the old Melodiya version by Sergei Lemeshev (his alluring measure and sweetness) but of course quite a different affair to your singer's noble account. Why is it (language aside) that Tchaikowsky's setting never really feels like Goethe? Is it Russian pessimism colliding with echt German Welt-angst? Do the Russian lyrics really render the same words? In the English versions, "None but the desolate" beats "None but the lonely heart", but both are entirely inadequate: you don't get that resonance of the desolate individual such as you also have in "Wer nie sein Brot mit Thränen aß..."Eebahgum (talk) 13:02, 22 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
(I saw her on stage but with completely different music, and as Suzuki, Cherubino and Paolo.) I can't tell for the Russian, but know that some German words and probably concepts have no true expression in English, and "Sehnsucht" is one of them. Music, however, is much more internationally understood. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:31, 22 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
These came in response to my message:
 
story · music · places
The image, taken on a cemetery last year after the funeral of a distant but dear family member, commemorates today, with thanks for their achievements, four subjects mentioned on the Main page and Vami_IV, a friend here. Listen to music by Tchaikovsky (an article where one of the four is pictured), sung by today's subject (whose performance on stage I enjoyed two days ago).
Yesterday I learned that a friend suddenly died; we both belonged to a group that traveled once a year for decades, and I remember her vivid talk last summer, same voice and sparkle as when we met. Her song for me was Take the "A" Train, sung by Ella Fitzgerald. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:38, 22 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
The image pictures hope. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:38, 22 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Seele, vergiß sie nicht --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:41, 23 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Today is her birthday. Once we went to St. Stephan together, after meeting for good food. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:07, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you

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Thank you for all the work you do on Wikipedia, from ITN to all your contributions to various topics such as churches, women, and German articles. It is hard workers like you that help to improve the project, and are an inspiration to many who want to also continually improve the project as well. Cheers, atque supra! Fakescientist8000 17:36, 21 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

It is a pleasure to expand knowledge, and double so when recognized, - thank you! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 18:27, 21 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

A barnstar for you!

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  The Special Barnstar
For all the preciousness you bring into this world. Chaotıċ Enby (talk · contribs) 21:46, 21 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thank you, blushing, - I try, look above. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:40, 22 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

29 February 2024

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is a rare birthday:

 

Gioachino Rossini
(born 29 February 1792)
scored the last of his "sins of old age",
the Petite messe solennelle,
for twelve singers, two pianos, and harmonium.
listen
When Heather Phillips
made her European debut
in Rossini's
Bianca e Falliero,
her nuanced coloraturas served
to portray Bianca's development.

-- Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:02, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

new section

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please continue to leave messages at my talk page where you are always welcome. I may not respond every time but I do follow the links. Your messages are uplifting and encouraging. You are PRECIOUS to me. --ARoseWolf 18:32, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

I love that, thank you for the unexpected visit: I thought you were gone for weeks --Gerda Arendt (talk) 18:37, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
I can never tell. I may be able to log in for days in a row and then be away for weeks. I was off for a week and came back for several days and was gone again for several more recently. I will have to take a couple of weeks in March at the very least. --ARoseWolf 18:49, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

March flowers

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March songs
 

The flowers photographed last year on the island of Madeira became a symbol for missing Vami_IV. They are connected to another stay on the island. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 18:41, 1 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

ITN recognition for Aribert Reimann

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On 19 March 2024, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Aribert Reimann, which you nominated and updated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Stephen 21:20, 19 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

DYK for Cecelia Hall (mezzo-soprano)

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On 23 March 2024, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Cecelia Hall (mezzo-soprano), which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that American mezzo-soprano Cecelia Hall portrayed the lead male role in Mozart's Ascanio in Alba? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Cecelia Hall (mezzo-soprano). You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how).

WaggersTALK 00:03, 23 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

DYK for Kelsey Lauritano

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On 26 March 2024, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Kelsey Lauritano, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that when Kelsey Lauritano portrayed Mozart's Cherubino, a reviewer from the FAZ noted her "almost metallic-brittle approach that spreads androgynous infatuation"? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Kelsey Lauritano. You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how, Kelsey Lauritano).

PMC(talk) 00:03, 26 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thought this said "a reviewer from the FAC" at first and I was like huh?? :D DanCherek (talk) 11:48, 27 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

ITN recognition for Maurizio Pollini

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On 28 March 2024, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Maurizio Pollini, which you updated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. – robertsky (talk) 02:28, 28 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Easter

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Any ideas for Easter hooks? Lightburst (talk) 23:20, 28 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you for asking. No, sorry, not this year. I have four nominations for people who recently died, two are open, - that kept me busy. What I wanted was Bach's St John Passion for OTD tomorrow, first performed on Good Friday 1724, but I was reverted claiming that OTD can't go by feast but only by date, so it would have to be 7 April. Impossible. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 23:27, 28 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Good Friday

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... that on Good Friday 2020,
Benedikt Kristjánsson
sang all roles in a chamber arrangement of
Bach's St John Passion,
composed for Good Friday 1724,
broadcast live from the composer's burial place.

look and listen · look forward

22 May 2020

I remember listening to the performance live, early in the lockdown, the festival cancelled when it had be scheduled to be performed ... He has it in #2 in his media, preceded by Tristis est anima mea. - He will sing Bach with us in May, Ascension Oratorio. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:18, 29 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

I listen now on radio to the St John Passion from the Berliner Philharmonie, with the RIAS Kammerchor, Evangelist beginning, - teaser, broadcast. - I uploaded the images from 17 March, beginning with a "bloody" morning sky and ending with a procession of a figure of Jesus carrying the Cross, with a wind band and drums. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:22, 29 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Easter Sunday

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For Easter 1724,
his first as Thomaskantor in Leipzig,
Johann Sebastian Bach revived
Christ lag in Todes Banden,
(Christ lay in death's bonds)
BWV 4,
a chorale cantata
he had composed in his twenties,
using in all seven movements
the words and tune
of Luther's 1524 Easter chorale.

24 April 2011

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Remembering Easter 300 years ago continues: Bach revived for for his first Easter as Thomaskantor in Leipzig a masterpiece from his early career, his first chorale cantata, and how different from those to come a few weeks after this. - Per chance, I received the YouTube link today from the conductor who just uploaded it to mark the occasion. I sang with the Idsteiner Solisten several times but not in that performance. You can follow the music! - I also uploaded more images, from a tropical garden and a famous nearby church. Happy Easter! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:55, 31 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Easter Monday

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The opening chorus of
Bach's cantata
for the Second Day of Easter,
Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen, BWV 66,
first performed in 1724
has been termed
"one of the longest and
most exhilarating of Bach's early works".

25 April 2011

listen

... and the following day, Leipzig could listen to "exhilarating" music which we performed in 2000, with great joy. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:55, 1 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter to a fine editor! May you have a kind and joyful Paschaltide! ~ Pbritti (talk) 23:19, 31 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Happy Easter
 
Thank you, and also to you! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:24, 1 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

ITN recognition for Péter Eötvös

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On 30 March 2024, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Péter Eötvös, which you updated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Tone 10:42, 30 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

A barnstar for you!

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  The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
There is no such thing as enough praise for how much you contribute to the community on wiki. May you always go to bed smiling and may you always wake rested, for the world is better just for having you in it. — ♠ Ixtal ( T / C ) Non nobis solum. ♠ 19:00, 9 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thank you, lovely! - I confess that I hoped to see Gerhard Lohfink recognised for recent deaths, - everybody: please see if you could support that, WP:ITNN#RD: Gerhard Lohfink. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:09, 9 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

ITN recognition for Kalevi Kiviniemi

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On 9 April 2024, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Kalevi Kiviniemi, which you nominated and updated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Stephen 23:31, 9 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

9 April

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in memoriam
 
7 April · Sunday after Easter
 
Marienkirche, Aulhausen
30 March · concert
 

This was the music and memory section on 9 April: arms raised, while Marian Anderson's concert was remembered and Hildegard of Bingen's Physica reflected, - joy to the world! We see the "rock abbot" with his band, a church designed by some of the handicapped using it, and the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine led by the inspiring Oksana Lyniv. Don't miss the Halleluja video ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:18, 10 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

A barnstar for you!

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  The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
You are a mitzvah! 7&6=thirteen () 14:39, 10 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you, I had to look it up, though (while I had met Dobostorte in Budapest). Listening to Marian Anderson's "Tremble" yesterday was a revelation I wanted to share. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:45, 10 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Canvassing

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Please do not canvas editors to discussions on infoboxes as you did here and here, or you will be topic banned from infobox discussions. ScottishFinnishRadish (talk) 19:57, 11 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Rubbing my eyes further: the question wasn't infobox yes or no (which I would see as an infobox discussion), but whether a composer's compositions belong in it. It came to an RfC, and the result was yes. - I try to avoid infobox discussions, waste of time, a ban wouldn't change much. My post to MyCatIsAChonk was an alert to an edit war (not a discussion) a few days before that article (to which he contributed) went to the Main page, and said "watch", - not "take part". My post to Barkeep49 was one in a long series of questions trying to understand where the problem is, and how to be understood. Both users expressed satisfaction with the outcome, DYK? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:08, 11 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
@ScottishFinnishRadish Frankly, this warning is ridiculous and it's certainly not in good faith. Nemov (talk) 21:06, 11 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Nemov, this is serious AE stuff. - I've been there before, ScottishFinnishRadish. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:25, 11 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
There's a few things to address here. First, an infobox discussion isn't solely a discussion about if an infobox should be included in an article. Discussions about how to implement an infobox are also infobox discussions. This is similar to a discussion about pizza could be a discussion about if people want to eat pizza, or what type of pizza they would like to eat. Also, there was no edit war, Nikkimaria had reverted the edit you made, and you had already started a discussion. A single revert is not an edit war, but reaching out to someone to ask them to watch an article, even if it was just after a revert without discussion, is canvassing. Even moreso when there is an active discussion on the talk page. Saying "watch" rather than "make an edit supporting me" doesn't provide immunity from canvassing rules. Lastly, the outcome of a discussion also has no bearing on if you violated the canvassing guideline. ScottishFinnishRadish (talk) 21:59, 11 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Please look a bit deeper into the edit history of the article (Sorry, it is too late, and my memory: the following was Vivaldi.) Yes, Nikkimaria reverted only once, but there were four reverts. - Also: I wrote to many people that day, - canvassing (for me at least) would have meant telling all about this. But no, MyCatIsAChonk, because of the upcoming TFA appearance of Appalachian Spring. That was an alert, and if reaching out to someone to be watchful is canvassing we really don't understand the word the same way. A few days later, and happier, I asked many people how they liked the compromise? Barkeep49, for example, in the same thread as what you linked. - It's past midnight where I live, and it's a funeral day for me, - please excuse me and put things in perspective. For example achieve more compromise. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:46, 11 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
I'm not sure why I'm being pinged. All that I've said is I have no opinion on this and whatever consensus is reached will be good by me. Barkeep49 (talk) 23:43, 11 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Your GA nomination of Du Hirte Israel, höre, BWV 104

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The article Du Hirte Israel, höre, BWV 104 you nominated as a good article has passed  ; see Talk:Du Hirte Israel, höre, BWV 104 for comments about the article, and Talk:Du Hirte Israel, höre, BWV 104/GA1 for the nomination. Well done! If the article is eligible to appear in the "Did you know" section of the Main Page, you can nominate it within the next seven days. Message delivered by ChristieBot, on behalf of MyCatIsAChonk -- MyCatIsAChonk (talk) 11:43, 13 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

"Not dead, but very wet"

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Dear Gerda, Thankyou for your several kind and cheerful messages over the past couple of months. In case you are wondering, I have not slipped off this mortal coil, at least not yet, but have for various reasons given myself a rest from wp. For one thing I am terribly busy with my supercentenarian Mum whose daily needs for attention are many - for another, I have a progressing series of ailments of my own, including Parkinson's, which keep me feeling fairly grotty - but, most influentially, since my last editing efforts, I have a sense of complete futility at editing here when confronted with the sort of criticisms and condescension which provoked my last long reply on my talk page. I haven't got the stomach to rise to the bait. However I am still here and still watching. Eebahgum (talk) 08:20, 19 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you, and no, I grant every friend long silences ;) - best wishes for you and your mother! Please keep reading - I provide my daily stories thinking of people like you. I was in the performance mentioned today (with trailer), - in 2018 DYK made that possible, but 2024 is a different troupe. I carry my load of condescension (see above) but it doesn't keep me from proclaiming the miracle that music is. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:28, 19 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

A bowl of strawberries for you!

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  Thanks for spreading Wiki love. Although I don't like listening to music for personal reasons, I will definitely appreciate your intentions of spreading positive vibes on Wikipedia. Regards Maliner (talk) 21:52, 23 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thank you, I try ;) (forgot to sign yesterday) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:20, 25 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Precious anniversary

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Gerda Arendt, I am always pleased to find these reminders on other editors' talk pages, and now on mine. Thank you for the anniversary. -SusanLesch (talk) 13:42, 24 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you, that's good to know! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:14, 24 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

ITN recognition for Samuel Kummer

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On 28 April 2024, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Samuel Kummer, which you nominated and updated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. – robertsky (talk) 07:22, 28 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

DYK for Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

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On 30 April 2024, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Oksana Lyniv founded the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine in 2016 and conducted them in thirty concerts across ten music festivals in 2022? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how, Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine), and the hook may be added to the statistics page after its run on the Main Page has completed. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 00:02, 30 April 2024 (UTC) Reply

May songs
 
O komm, du Geist der Wahrheit

ITN recognition for Peter Demetz

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On 6 May 2024, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Peter Demetz, which you nominated and updated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. SpencerT•C 21:32, 6 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

A barnstar for you

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  The Purple Star
I didn't see what happened, only that something did. I hope that you can feel reassured that whatever some try to inflict on you, you are valued and welcomed by many. Hydrangeans (she/her | talk | edits) 21:46, 7 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you for caring, but I am not quite sure what you mean. If you refer to erratic posts with edit summaries removed, they don't bother me much. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:53, 7 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Ah! I suppose I overthought what they might've been. I'm glad you're unbothered—better that you're untroubled than the opposite, even if it leaves egg on my face. Hydrangeans (she/her | talk | edits) 06:46, 9 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Please wash the egg away, - I am troubled by the discussion mentioned in the thread below. - Today, however, is a feast day, look on top, and if you have little time, just listen and be happy. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:56, 9 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

The Manual of Style is a contentious topic

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connected by me --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:56, 9 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

  You have recently made edits related to the English Wikipedia Manual of Style and article titles policy. This is a standard message to inform you that the English Wikipedia Manual of Style and article titles policy is a designated contentious topic. This message does not imply that there are any issues with your editing. For more information about the contentious topics system, please see Wikipedia:Contentious topics. ScottishFinnishRadish (talk) 12:29, 8 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

ScottishFinnishRadish, could you please tell me one edit that seems to show that I am not aware? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:42, 8 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
It's a standard notification. You'll notice I gave that notification to every editor involved in the discussion that you asked me to look at. ScottishFinnishRadish (talk) 12:44, 8 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
That doesn't explain. The discussion is on Talk:Peter Grimes. My topics there had nothing to do with MoS questions. I wondered why a change from Zurich to Zürich (not by me) wasn't simply accepted, and I wondered why we link to Zürich at all instead of Zürich Opera House. Any explanations and clarifications are welcome. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:51, 8 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
why a change from Zurich to Zürich (not by me) wasn't simply accepted is a discussion related to the MOS. ScottishFinnishRadish (talk) 12:56, 8 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
How? Zurich is acceptable, and Zürich is acceptable, and Zürich Opera House is better than both, and Zürcher Stadttheater might be best as the historic name at the time. All could go home and do something worth arguing about. No? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:01, 8 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

DYK for Magdalena Hinterdobler

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On 10 May 2024, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Magdalena Hinterdobler, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that a reviewer described the approach of soprano Magdalena Hinterdobler to her role as Grete in Zemlinsky's Der Traumgörge as "bold" and "sassy"? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Magdalena Hinterdobler. You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how, Magdalena Hinterdobler).

 — Amakuru (talk) 00:03, 10 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

DYK for Liviu Holender

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On 22 May 2024, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Liviu Holender, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that baritone Liviu Holender chose lieder by five composers whose music was banned by the Nazis—Schreker, Zemlinsky, Mahler, Korngold and Schönberg—for a recital at the Oper Frankfurt? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Liviu Holender. You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how, Liviu Holender), and the hook may be added to the statistics page after its run on the Main Page has completed. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

RoySmith (talk) 00:03, 22 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Another singer at DYK, and an excellent one at that! I find the subject of the hook interesting, even if it did require an extensive fight. The anti-opera DYK reviewers are quick to the draw... MyCatIsAChonk (talk) (not me) (also not me) (still no) 01:05, 22 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thank you! In the end, we have a hook with five composers! The opera by a composer banned by the Nazis appeared with his partner on stage who will sing her songs on 28 May. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:47, 22 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
 

Baritone
Liviu Holender
chose lieder by five composers
whose music was banned by the Nazis
Schreker, Zemlinsky,
Mahler, Korngold and Schönberg
for a recital at the Oper Frankfurt.
watch one

Verdi: Messa da Requiem 22 May 1874

22 May 2024

This was the story. I am happy that all six composers mentioned, even the unlinked Verdi, received views around 1k or higher. I believe that it is a myth that our audience isn't interested in such things. Thanks to Mary Mark Ockerbloom who bravely approved the hook.

As it happens, today's story is about singing in defiance ;) - look and listen! - Ten years ago, I worded the hook that appeared OTD, and I quoted from the hymn - together with a pointer to Kafka - already in my response to the 2013 arbitration decision, in the same mood of singing in defiance. I still stand and sing. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:57, 23 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Women in Red June 2024

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Online events:

--Lajmmoore (talk 07:04, 23 May 2024 (UTC) via MassMessagingReply

Women in Green GA Editathon June 2024 - Going Back in Time

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Hello Gerda Arendt:

WikiProject Women in Green is holding a month-long Good Article Edit-a-thon event in June 2024!

Running from June 1 to 30, 2024, WikiProject Women in Green (WiG) is hosting a Good Article (GA) edit-a-thon event with the theme Going Back in Time! All experience levels welcome. Never worked on a GA project before? We'll teach you how to get started. Or maybe you're an old hand at GAs – we'd love to have you involved! Participants are invited to work on nominating and/or reviewing GA submissions related to women and women's works (e.g., books, films) during the event period. We hope to collectively cover article subjects from at least 20 centuries by month's end. GA resources and one-on-one support will be provided by experienced GA editors, and participants will have the opportunity to earn a special WiG barnstar for their efforts.

We hope to see you there!

~~ AirshipJungleman29 (talk) 16:18, 24 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
AirshipJungleman29, thank you for the invitation. How about Magdalena Hinterdobler, or would it have to be earlier than 21st century? How about Ethel Smyth, contemplated before the invitation, or not because I didn't add much yet to the article? Actually, I'd pursue both without the event, Smyth rather later then. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:18, 26 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

ITN recognition for Willi Brokmeier

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On 25 May 2024, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Willi Brokmeier, which you nominated and updated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Ad Orientem (talk) 19:17, 25 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

DYK for St. Trinitatis, Wolfenbüttel

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On 26 May 2024, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article St. Trinitatis, Wolfenbüttel, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that the Lutheran St. Trinitatis in Wolfenbüttel, consecrated in 1719, is a Baroque church with a facade recalling that of a palace? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Trinitatiskirche, Wolfenbüttel. You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how, St. Trinitatis, Wolfenbüttel), and the hook may be added to the statistics page after its run on the Main Page has completed. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Z1720 (talk) 00:02, 26 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

ITN recognition for Rolf-Ernst Breuer

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On 29 May 2024, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Rolf-Ernst Breuer, which you nominated and updated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Schwede66 07:08, 29 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

DYK for Samuel Kummer

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On 30 May 2024, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Samuel Kummer, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that for his first recital as the organist of the restored Frauenkirche in Dresden, Samuel Kummer chose music by Bach, Brahms, and himself? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Samuel Kummer. You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how, Samuel Kummer).

RoySmith (talk) 00:02, 30 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

That hook was short for my idea:

 

Samuel Kummer
chose for his first recital
as the organist of the restored
Frauenkirche in Dresden
music by Bach, Brahms, Max Reger,
Louis Vierne, and himself.

watch him improvising

30 May 2024

Ave verum corpus

I had no time to fight the abbreviated version which reads as if he was narrow-minded (only three composers, and all of them German), as if he only followed mainstream, and as if he saw himself among the prominent Bs (Bach Beethoven Brahms). Sad. On my screen, the word "himself" sat alone in an otherwise empty line. Sad. Please watch him playing. If you have more time read about Reger and Vierne. If you have even more time, read the Main page which had another TFA by Vami (that I suggested), two who recently died and Bach's cantata for his first service as Thomaskantor, with him pictured. If you have still more time, see Music, for today's service and procession songs and a fascinating opera. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:51, 30 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

1 June

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story · music · places

Today's TFA is Ludwigsburg Palace, written by Vami_IV. I miss lines such as (from the FAC)

I gave the lead a can of spinach and it seems to have bulked up pretty good. ... –♠Vami_IV†♠ 18:17, 3 November 2018 (UTC)Reply

The Ludwigsburg Festival begins there today, and looking for a sample, I found the opening concert of 2022, for peace, Oksana Lyniv from Ukraine conducting Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23, with pianist Iddo Bar-Shai from Israel, and Mahler's Fifth Symphony. Better than words. Roses of missing. Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:59, 1 June 2024 (UTC)Reply

ITN recognition for Hugues Gall

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On 2 June 2024, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Hugues Gall, which you nominated and updated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. PFHLai (talk) 12:14, 2 June 2024 (UTC)Reply

Your GA nomination of Magdalena Hinterdobler

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The article Magdalena Hinterdobler you nominated as a good article has passed  ; see Talk:Magdalena Hinterdobler for comments about the article, and Talk:Magdalena Hinterdobler/GA1 for the nomination. Well done! If the article is eligible to appear in the "Did you know" section of the Main Page, you can nominate it within the next seven days. Message delivered by ChristieBot, on behalf of MyCatIsAChonk -- MyCatIsAChonk (talk) 21:04, 4 June 2024 (UTC)Reply

DYK for Peter Demetz

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On 5 June 2024, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Peter Demetz, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Peter Demetz, who taught German literature at Yale University from 1956 to 1991, was born in Prague where he was persecuted under the Nazis and escaped the Communist regime in 1949? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Peter Demetz. You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how, Peter Demetz), and the hook may be added to the statistics page after its run on the Main Page has completed. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

 — Amakuru (talk) 00:03, 5 June 2024 (UTC)Reply

ITN recognition for Alexander Lang

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On 5 June 2024, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Alexander Lang, which you updated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Schwede66 20:16, 5 June 2024 (UTC)Reply

And that's all I've got time for right now. Schwede66 20:16, 5 June 2024 (UTC)Reply

ITN recognition for Jürgen Moltmann

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On 10 June 2024, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Jürgen Moltmann, which you updated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Schwede66 10:03, 10 June 2024 (UTC)Reply

June music post

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Hi Gerda, I was about to reply to your June music post on my talk page. But when I view my page, I can't find it anywhere on it! Not sure what's going on here. :o Acalamari 04:01, 11 June 2024 (UTC)Reply

I fixed it ;) - This time, I saw it in the bit showing the difference, saw that the preceding character was missing. (Usually I search much longer, and need to try to edit the complete page.) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 04:32, 11 June 2024 (UTC)Reply

Your GA nomination of Cecelia Hall (mezzo-soprano)

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The article Cecelia Hall (mezzo-soprano) you nominated as a good article has passed  ; see Talk:Cecelia Hall (mezzo-soprano) for comments about the article, and Talk:Cecelia Hall (mezzo-soprano)/GA1 for the nomination. Well done! If the article is eligible to appear in the "Did you know" section of the Main Page, you can nominate it within the next seven days. Message delivered by ChristieBot, on behalf of 750h+ -- 750h+ (talk) 12:03, 14 June 2024 (UTC)Reply