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Did you know ...

... that Knut Nystedt wrote
Immortal Bach
as a scheme for many voices to sing
the first line of Bach's "Komm, süßer Tod"
simultaneously in different tempi,
meeting on the last word
meaning peace?
20 August 2019

August
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red admiral
... with thanks from QAI
Die Fliege
18 August
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Kurhaus Wiesbaden
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Raymond Arritt
go on with life, have a laugh,
don't get too upset over this

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2019Edit

DYK for Carsten Koch (musician)Edit

 On 1 January 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Carsten Koch (musician), which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Carsten Koch conducted all Beethoven symphonies at the historic Unionskirche, and shared Bach's Christmas Oratorio there in an ecumenical project (performance pictured)? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Carsten Koch (musician). You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Carsten Koch (musician)), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. 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.

— Maile (talk) 00:01, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

Bach cantata notationEdit

thanks for correcting me on my edit to the new year cantata article, however now seems that https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis (and other articles of works with both notations) needs a clarification on that same point. 94.253.248.92 (talk) 09:33, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

Go ahead, do it, wherever you read that the traditional BWV numbers are of the past. I am busy, so can't help, sorry. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:35, 1 January 2019 (UTC)
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147a - when I see it in articles I watch I correct it. Today, I have several more urgent things to do ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:59, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

2019Edit

...Als festlich hoher Gruß, dem Morgen zugebracht! Many thanks and very best wishes to you too. I am still stuck in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Belcea played the Cantabile from op. 130 wonderfully at the Wigmore Hall and I haven't quite shaken off the reverie yet. Why should I want to? Eebahgum (talk) 21:41, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

Indeed ;) - Monteverdi for us next, - come 1 September, you'll like it! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:44, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

Thanks and congratulationsEdit

Dear Gerda
Thank you for your New Year greeting, and how appropriate to have Die Zeit, die Tag und Jahre macht as the featured article. Your contributions here are priceless.
best wishes, --Michael Goodyear   22:46, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

Thank you, so are yours, regarding Hannah Arendt. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:49, 1 January 2019 (UTC)
I came here to say mostly the same thing as Michael. Congratulations on starting the new year with a featured article! 78.26 (spin me / revolutions) 23:08, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

DYK for Raymond ArrittEdit

PanydThe muffin is not subtle 00:01, 12 January 2019 (UTC)

Thank you for the good news, Panyd, and good to see your name again. I wanted this hook for 1 January, including its good resolutions, but then wasn't sad about having our music pictured instead. Not too late for resolutions, New Year or not. DYK that he probably kept me on Wikipedia, by the line - which brought him to my attention - that I added to my editnotice, in fond memory? Happy New Year! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:11, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for the link. Happy New Year to you too.Thoughtfortheday (talk) 15:45, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
Arritt had a great beard and a wonderful smile. I'm sure I would have liked him. Finetooth (talk) 18:24, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
So am I. I forgot to mention that he wrote the ultimate guide to arbitration, - if only I had known that ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:33, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
Thank you for the Happy New Years card! Felt good to get stuck in on DYK again and I loved the quote! PanydThe muffin is not subtle 10:31, 14 January 2019 (UTC)

SchicchiEdit

I didn't know other Wikipedias were not trusted sources since I've seen references for using translated materials. More interesting to me is the difference between the two Schicchi images: same costume, but one is sly and sleek, the other cheerfully spry and clownish. Thank you anyway. Cheers! Shir-El too 20:40, 14 January 2019 (UTC)

PS as you love music, suggest you look up "BIRD SONG OPERA" - and have a Good Year! Shir-El too 20:43, 14 January 2019 (UTC)

Shir-El too, translating is fine, but it needs references. Translate an article without coverting them to inline citations, and you get into trouble, - just ask LouisAlain. The police is more after new articles than established ones, but Gianni Schicchi is a featured article = highest quality class. The Italian Wikipedia should have an independent source that can be used, instead of citing only that Wikipedia. And if not, you can hopefully find one ;) - Thank you for the bird song opera! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:41, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
Adding: the topic "infobox" is hot, - I won't know why. I try to stay away, and recommend to avoid discussions. You will hear the same things again and again. My thoughts were written in 2013: help those who don't read English so well, are vision-impaired, need a certain information fast, - it doesn't hurt. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:31, 15 January 2019 (UTC)

HelloEdit

Hi Gerda. It's me really, alt account, don't ask! Whilst trying and slightly-failing to take a break I have done one good thing on-wiki – please see a lovely new photo of Emanuel Hurwitz that I just added a day or two back. Well when I say new, I mean yes obviously Manny died 12+ years ago so new to the article! But I do feel it's nice to have. It's not even a good photo technically but I do like what it captures. Thanks for the messages – I have emailed you in Real Life or what I like to think of as somewhat related thereto. Cheers DBaK-photo (talk) 21:37, 15 January 2019 (UTC)

Thanks for sharing. Reminds me of my earliest days on Wikipedia, when I filled the red link for a friend whose father was a member of the Melos Ensemble, and then created some more about other members, receiving nice comments from their relatives (the violist and an oboist). Hurwitz, however, had an article already, so I didn't touch that much. Today I'm expanding a hymn, and what do I read in one of promising sources? My older version of the article ;) - It's in honour of my dad for whose funeral we sang it, as for weddings in the family. He died some 15 January, DYK? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:53, 15 January 2019 (UTC)

DYK for Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben, BWV 248 IVEdit

 On 23 January 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben, BWV 248 IV, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben (Fall with thanks, fall with praise), Part IV of Bach's Christmas Oratorio for New Year's Day 1735, celebrates the naming of Jesus? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben, BWV 248 IV. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben, BWV 248 IV), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. 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.

PanydThe muffin is not subtle 00:01, 23 January 2019 (UTC)

DYK for Werner BardenhewerEdit

 On 30 January 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Werner Bardenhewer, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that a clinic in Mopti, Mali, is named after Werner Bardenhewer, born 90 years ago today, who was for decades priest of St. Bonifatius, Wiesbaden, and then founded a charity group? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Werner Bardenhewer. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Werner Bardenhewer), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. 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.

PanydThe muffin is not subtle 00:02, 30 January 2019 (UTC)

Günter KrämerEdit

Bravo for your interventions on this one but don't put yourself in harms way. There are some happy triggers around here. I'm sorry to cause you so many troubles.   LouisAlain (talk) 21:04, 31 January 2019 (UTC)

That last one wasn't caused by you, but someone who didn't look for a moment at the content, only at "no reference". You could do me a favour: when you see an article with all these details a loving fan thinks are neccessary, summarize brutally, and only what can be sourced, for a first step. Ute Vinzing was the first example, and Krämer will not be the last. - I've been through the hell of arbitration enforcement, nothing can frighten me any more. Did you know that Martin just sat his last block out, so did Joe with his last ban, - only I will not understand what good it should do to block and ban content editors. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:29, 31 January 2019 (UTC)
It has a whiff of Überwachen und Strafen in it. LouisAlain (talk) 04:55, 1 February 2019 (UTC)
... and the problem is that it's people who should be equal and colleages who do it. When missing any references, instead of writing a note, they could simply find and add one. Too practical? Less feeling of superiority? "Baking a cake is an act of love" - adding a ref the same. Do it often! (I mean everybody reading this, please.) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:40, 1 February 2019 (UTC)

200 DYK nominationsEdit

  The 200 DYK Nomination Medal
It is my pleasure to recognize the more than 200 articles you have nominated for DYK. These, and your own articles, have helped to build Wikipedia's music pages into a formidable resource. Keep up the great work! Yoninah (talk) 00:08, 20 February 2019 (UTC)
Thank you! Collaboration is the secret for success here, and I am happy that more of my 2019 topics were done with others, such as opera singers with LouisAlain, and the psalms with you, among many others. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:24, 20 February 2019 (UTC)
A well deserved award. I am among those who find your well written DYK articles on music interesting and informative. I see you've also recently helped to bring three articles to GA and one to FA. Precious work indeed. And your enthusiasm never seems to wane.--Ipigott (talk) 10:41, 22 February 2019 (UTC)
Thank you! I have several GA noms open, - if anybody looking wants to review ;) - My enthusiasm for music is great, and so many pieces not covered, - no end in sight. Today's plan: The Deer's Cry (Pärt). --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:49, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

Lasting ImpactEdit

Gerda, I was reminded tonight of your giving me a Precious and it remains perhaps the nicest and most meaningful thing someone has done for me on Wikipedia. I have my Wiki friends who are great and who I get support an encouragement from but to have a "stranger" take the time to really look into me as an editor and capture the good I try to do here meant, and means a lot. I know I thanked you at the time but wanted you to also be thanked for the last impact. Best, Barkeep49 (talk) 02:57, 3 March 2019 (UTC)

Barkeep49, thank you for taking the time to come here and say that, blushing ;) - "encouragement" is among my favourite words --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:21, 3 March 2019 (UTC)
Eddie, I suggest PrimeHunter for tomorrow - 10 y. I'd like to use this anchor, to archive the long thread above. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 23:17, 4 March 2019 (UTC)
Gerda Arendt, sure-- i can probably do it if you like... Eddie891 Talk Work 23:19, 4 March 2019 (UTC)
I like ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 23:22, 4 March 2019 (UTC)
 Y perhaps MrLinkinPark333 soon Eddie891 Talk Work 00:39, 5 March 2019 (UTC)
for women writers user:Victuallers ( 1770 pages, many about women) Eddie891 Talk Work 00:43, 5 March 2019 (UTC)
V first, thought he had it long ago, my mistake. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:46, 5 March 2019 (UTC)

Jacques LoussierEdit

Ach, I hadn't realised Jacques Loussier has recently died (I saw a comment you left elsewhere). I had the pleasure of attending a concert by the Jacques Loussier Trio at the Sheldonian in Oxford many years ago. I note our Wikipedia article says "The group was commercially successful but less popular with critics and jazz purists" - how I hate critics and purists! Boing! said Zebedee (talk) 11:43, 21 March 2019 (UTC)

I heard the first trio, and the second twice, last time with the Dave Brubeck quartet on one stage, - quite a night! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 18:41, 21 March 2019 (UTC)
Wow, yes, that would have been special! It was the second trio I heard - I would have liked to have seen the first. Boing! said Zebedee (talk) 11:54, 22 March 2019 (UTC)

DYK for Jörg StreliEdit

 On 23 March 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Jörg Streli, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that architect Jörg Streli and his two colleagues designed the Sankt-Margarethen-Kapelle (pictured) in Tyrol, which rises like a tower on a circular floor? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Jörg Streli. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Jörg Streli), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. 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) 00:01, 23 March 2019 (UTC)

Thank youEdit

Thank you so much, Gerda, for helping push Did you know nominations/Cynthia García Coll to the finish line. I really appreciate the help. 28bytes (talk) 15:37, 3 April 2019 (UTC)

You are most welcome! Overdue, like the 3 chansons which were supposed to appear on Ravel's birthday, 7 March. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:41, 3 April 2019 (UTC)
28bytes, nice to have here on the Main page togerther with my Angels (below)! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:55, 6 April 2019 (UTC)

"Was ist der Tod-- ein Übergang zur Ruh'!"Edit

Now: Ruth-Margret Pütz.

http://www.operanostalgia.be/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmCl6VptCs0&t=6655s

HandsomeMrToad (talk) 04:54, 5 April 2019 (UTC)

Changing plans again, hear her voice now! - Und dann an deiner Seite ... --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:11, 5 April 2019 (UTC)

A surreal barnstar for you!Edit

  The Surreal Barnstar
Gerda Arendt, this barnstar is for those who add "special flavor" to the community, and I have no doubt you are one who exemplifies this trait. Thank you for your precious awards, and your hard work at their yearly anniversaries. Not to mention your DYKs and other article improvements. This is merely a little appreciation. starship.paint ~ KO 10:19, 17 April 2019 (UTC)

That is lovely, thank you! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:21, 17 April 2019 (UTC)

  • You're welcome, Gerda. How's it going for you recently? :) starship.paint ~ KO 10:25, 17 April 2019 (UTC)
Look above, most intense week of the year, and a funeral to come. On Wikipedia: Many GA-noms waiting for a review, a discussion about "interesting to the general reader" on WP:DYK, another one there about trying to get a kitsch (for me at least) image, coming with a little article to which it has no connection, to the Main page for Easter, a deletion request for an image showing the one to be buried because art is hanging on the walls in the room, translated articles by a friend sent to draft because they don't follow our referencing guidelines yet, not to speak about the topic I try hard to avoid ;) - But on the positive side: good collaborations, nice DYKs, and even a GA - about an Advent song, - patience is really helpful. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:38, 17 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Wow all really that seems like a lot. Congrats and well done on the GA, and full support for your upcoming work Gerda! :) starship.paint ~ KO 11:09, 17 April 2019 (UTC)
And how about you? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:12, 17 April 2019 (UTC)
  • On Wikipedia, I'm editing more American politics now. Less wrestling, since I watch less WWE because it's bad TV. In real life, I have quite a lot of work, I should probably get off Wikipedia and do that... starship.paint ~ KO 11:25, 17 April 2019 (UTC)

200,000Edit

Now that's a milestone! Jmar67 (talk) 12:45, 22 April 2019 (UTC)

I wouldn't have noticed, thank you ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:35, 22 April 2019 (UTC)
Gerda Arendt, very cool! --valereee (talk) 16:40, 25 April 2019 (UTC)

DYK for Psalm 70Edit

 On 6 May 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Psalm 70, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Monteverdi set the beginning of Psalm 70, traditionally opening vespers (pictured), in his Vespro della Beata Vergine as a brilliant "call to attention"? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Psalm 70. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Psalm 70), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. 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) 00:01, 6 May 2019 (UTC)

ITN recognition for Georg KatzerEdit

 On 8 May 2019, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Georg Katzer, 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, 8 May 2019 (UTC)

Interesting. The only one in 2019 without an infobox (it's on the talk). --Gerda Arendt (talk) 05:16, 9 May 2019 (UTC)

Thanks!Edit

Thanks Gerda! You are too kind. Gosh - I was younger and perhaps slightly less D, B and K then ... tsk. With all good wishes DBaK (talk) 21:18, 12 May 2019 (UTC)

I though of you today. Went to an exhibition vernissage, there was also music, and they played - can you guess? - this. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:32, 12 May 2019 (UTC)
Wow, how lovely!!!! :) DBaK (talk) 22:43, 12 May 2019 (UTC)

DS AlertEdit

 This is a standard message to notify contributors about an administrative ruling in effect. It does not imply that there are any issues with your contributions to date.

You have shown interest in discussions about infoboxes and to edits adding, deleting, collapsing, or removing verifiable information from infoboxes. Due to past disruption in this topic area, a more stringent set of rules called discretionary sanctions is in effect. Any administrator may impose sanctions on editors who do not strictly follow Wikipedia's policies, or the page-specific restrictions, when making edits related to the topic.

For additional information, please see the guidance on discretionary sanctions and the Arbitration Committee's decision here. If you have any questions, or any doubts regarding what edits are appropriate, you are welcome to discuss them with me or any other editor.

The boilerplate is necessary because you haven't had a notificaton since March 2018. However, it's a matter of public record that you have been sanctioned several times over the subject of infoboxes and have had difficulty letting go. I'm not leaving this message here because I want to stir the pot or cause rancour - not at all - in fact I've been mulling over whether to drop this here pretty much since yesterday evening. However, I think I'm now at the point where I don't nip this in the bud, one of you or Cassianto (who FWIW has already been Arbcom sanctioned and hence does not need an alert) is going to end up on a Dramaboard somewhere with all sorts of yelling and shouting. I'll repeat what I said on my talk yesterday, "Gerda is here to improve the encyclopedia and it shows with the numerous DYKs that turn up on the main page. I release she does inadvertently irritate people, but - heck - so do I." Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 16:07, 30 May 2019 (UTC)

Kafka is never far when infoboxes are debated ;) - lol --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:22, 30 May 2019 (UTC)

A kitten for you!Edit

I present you with the great honour of... a kitten!

El_C 17:30, 30 May 2019 (UTC)

Love it ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:23, 30 May 2019 (UTC)

Another kitten for you!Edit

And another one from me.

Voceditenore (talk) 19:47, 30 May 2019 (UTC)

Thank you, Voce, lovely! Just returning from Rodelinda, with Lucy Crowe and Andreas Scholl singing that unearthly duet, - and happy I don't have to fill red links, but took care of their articles long ago, the latter with help from Eric Corbett, - that long ago. Other: Katharina Magiera, Martin Mitterutzner, Jakub Józef Orliński and Božidar Smiljanić (bass-baritone), Andrea Marcon conducting, staged (for Madrid, Lyon, Frankfurt, Amsterdam next) Claus Guth [de]. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:34, 30 May 2019 (UTC)
ps: kitten-givers, would you donate one to Fylbecatulous, as her daughter requested? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:15, 30 May 2019 (UTC)
  Done. I hope her daughter likes it, even though I did stray away from domestic kitties. El_C 17:57, 1 June 2019 (UTC)
adorable! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 18:03, 1 June 2019 (UTC)
Ritchie, Cassianto, how about you passing a cat to her? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:22, 30 May 2019 (UTC)
If you mean real cats, my last one (that sits on my talk page) died six years ago. I wrote Pink cat with Fylbecatulous in mind, I can't believe she's no longer with us. :-( Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 23:13, 30 May 2019 (UTC)
Ritchie, I mean a cat on her talk, as Begoon understood. Thank you for the Pink cat! - Did you see Kieth Engen? Created by LouisAlain, improved by me (the normal team work), but also be Grimes2, Kablammo and Voce. - that's how I love editing! Always listen to Voce, DYK? Especially when she says Yay! - Hook suggestion wanted. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 05:34, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
Well, I was truly shocked and saddened. en.wiki isn't the only place I knew her - she was a deeply thoughtful and genuine character with a kind and occasionally, pleasantly cutting sense of humour. I'll miss her. -- Begoon 05:53, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
  • Gerda, if you need a hook for Engen, I've added more material which could work. Apart from his pop career as "Stan Oliver", there's how his height got him his first job at the Bavarian State Opera. Voceditenore (talk) 13:45, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
    Thanks for the offer! Let's do it this way: I make a proposal, and you add ALTs. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:57, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
    In real life, I knew a young man who after school in Germany went to see the world, which took the unusually tall slim person to a beach in China, where a film producer saw him and offered him a role as an American soldier in a movie, which was delayed because of political controversy, so the young man got to know the producer's daughter better, - he wrote home that he needed papers to get married. 2 children. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:01, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
I read that and thought of Simon Bates' "Our Tune". Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 11:13, 3 June 2019 (UTC)
I prefer "our tune" much to the DS which I'll stubbornly not archive until the year ends. DYK that all I did in the field in 2019 was one comment in a RfC? The misunderstanding with Cassianto (resolved) wasn't even about the dreaded topic, but my thank-you click for an edit that seemed unrelated, at least to me. I offered help with his DYK in good faith, and couldn't help remembering this (but would not have mentioned it in the DYK process had it happened). --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:30, 3 June 2019 (UTC)
My litmus test to how well I'm going to get on with an editor is to check their last 100 mainspace contributions, paying attention to edit summaries and how far back they go. Somebody with manual edit summaries, doing large additions, that goes back about 48 hours is great. Somebody with none, and mainspace edits going back a year; probably somebody I'm going to have "discussions" with. And for reference, mine (29 May) yours (1 June), Cassianto (9 May) and The Duke of Nonsense (4 September 2018). Spot the odd one out. Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 12:14, 3 June 2019 (UTC)
I don't have to, I hope. - #1: I try to get along with every editor. (Admittedly not all try the same with me. One requested me to never thank them by click, for example.) #2: When I thank it's for one edit (only), not an attitude, nor an editor's behaviour in general. #3: I sometimes wish I could retract a thank-you-click, but - like edit summaries - they stay. This was one of them, even before "abuse" and "stir shit" appeared on my talk, and a friend who questioned that was lectured about assumptions on someone's education. - I don't stir shit, period. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:25, 3 June 2019 (UTC)
Trying to get along illustrated: in 2013, in the middle of ARBINFOBOX, I had a nice discussion on an article talk page with the two major users "on the other side" of that case, and still wonder why the arbs didn't say: fine, we see that you can manage to get along, go in peace. Why? Warum? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:00, 3 June 2019 (UTC)

Just popping in to say...Edit

Hi Gerda! I hope you're well. I wanted to let you know that I'm feeling much, much better these days. Your continued support did not go unnoticed. I really can't thank you enough. x nagualdesign 20:06, 28 June 2019 (UTC)

that's great news, - after too many I had to pass Die Fliege in just the last few weeks! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:37, 28 June 2019 (UTC)
... and today --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:17, 28 June 2019 (UTC)

TFAEdit

 

Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was a German-speaking Bohemian Jewish novelist and short-story writer, widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature.
His work, which fuses elements of realism and the fantastic, typically features isolated protagonists facing what are now called "Kafkaesque" circumstances: bizarre or surrealistic predicaments complicated by incomprehensible bureaucracy. He explores themes of alienation, existential anxiety, guilt, and absurdity.
His best-known works include Die Verwandlung, Der Process, and Das Schloss.
Few of Kafka's works were published during his lifetime, and those that were received little public attention. In his will, he instructed his friend Max Brod to destroy his unfinished works, including three of his novels, but Brod ignored these instructions.
Kafka's work has influenced a vast range of writers, critics, artists, and philosophers during the 20th and 21st centuries. (3 July 2019)

Vandalism lottery?Edit

Franz Kafka and the The Trial so far today! El_C 17:43, 3 July 2019 (UTC)

Every TFA is a trial in terms of vandalism, it was comparatively mild (also compared to what I remember from the first round in 2013) until I left home for a lovely evening in a winery. Thank you, El_C and all who helped. Lovely balloons, hope PumpkinSky will see them, - the article was his idea. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:44, 3 July 2019 (UTC)

kakaesqueEdit

No running away from this typo! [1] Much of the discussion on Wikipedia is indeed kakaesque. Jehochman Talk 11:18, 9 July 2019 (UTC)

yes, I agree, dada also comes to mind - I linked to the discussion, btw, on my user page and for Snow Rise who tried to help four years ago, but moar patience is needed ;) - "hope is precious ..." --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:40, 9 July 2019 (UTC)

Feeling fine on July nineEdit

 
Feeling fine on July nine. Meow meow.

Thank you for being you and for sharing what you know. --Rosiestep (talk) 13:39, 9 July 2019 (UTC)

Thank you, Rosie, and I hope you didn't miss the thread above, quoting "hope is precious ...". Feeling fine and determined not to rest until Vespro della Beata Vergine is GA, - my initials. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:43, 9 July 2019 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

  The Teamwork Barnstar
Dear Gerda,

Thank you very much working on my article, which is now accepted as a B-CLASS!! (I thought it will be rejected, this is why i add emphasis) Because if you weren't there, the article would have nearly no chance, to thank you i award you this barnstar! Enivak (talk) 09:52, 20 July 2019 (UTC)

Thank you, lovely, both the class and the barnstar. When you have a new project please just list it on your user page which I watch. - Please read today's DYK (Did you know ...?) Rolf Riehm, a composer whom I met last year (and then postponed writing the article to match his birthday, and then a dear frien LouisAlain began, and we were on time nominating, but the process took too long ...). - You will meet the DYK process because I'm going to nominate your sonata also, naturally ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:07, 20 July 2019 (UTC)

ITN recognition for Peter HammEdit

 On 24 July 2019, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Peter Hamm, 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 06:50, 24 July 2019 (UTC)

ITN recognition for Brigitte KronauerEdit

 On 26 July 2019, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Brigitte Kronauer, 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.

Mjroots (talk) 07:32, 26 July 2019 (UTC)

Kronauer, Hamm, BachEdit

Belated but heartfelt thanks for helping make two sublime Sprachkünstler*innen appear on the main page. I will miss them both.

Recently I read about this unusual exhibition. I wondered whether you were aware of it (the answer is probably yes). I live 500km away from Eisenach, but you might be closer ... Anyway, just felt like dropping a message and a thank-you for all the hard work you put in improving the encyclopaedia. ---Sluzzelin talk 23:23, 29 July 2019 (UTC)

Thank you, feel understood! Look at the top, take some flowers, build more bridges, - celebrating the centenary of a great person. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 05:44, 30 July 2019 (UTC)
Sluzzelin, that exhibition looks interesting, thank you. Also some 100 km away, - where we sing Immortal Bach ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:32, 31 July 2019 (UTC)

DYK for Die wundersame SchustersfrauEdit

 On 2 August 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Die wundersame Schustersfrau, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that East German Udo Zimmermann composed his fifth opera, Die wundersame Schustersfrau, based on a Spanish play by Federico García Lorca, on a commission for the West German Schwetzingen Festival? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Die wundersame Schustersfrau. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Die wundersame Schustersfrau), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. 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.

valereee (talk) 00:01, 2 August 2019 (UTC)

WoohoooEdit

  Hey, Gerda Arendt. I'd like to wish you a wonderful First Edit Day on behalf of the Wikipedia Birthday Committee!
Have a great day!
Mjs1991 (talk) 03:39, 2 August 2019 (UTC)
 
Thank you for the news, Mjs1991, happy - wundersam - feeling just a bit much older ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:34, 2 August 2019 (UTC)

Template:Did you know nominations/Curzon Street BaroqueEdit

Gerda, if you are happy the is GTG, please confirm there. It's looking a bit messy at the moment, & may be unclear to promoters. Thanks! Also, happy birthday! Johnbod (talk) 16:07, 2 August 2019 (UTC)

Invitation to join the Ten Year SocietyEdit

Dear Gerda Arendt,

I'd like to extend a cordial invitation to you to join the Ten Year Society, an informal group for editors who've been participating in the Wikipedia project for ten years or more. ​

Best regards, Chris Troutman (talk) 16:50, 2 August 2019 (UTC)

Thank you, accepted. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:23, 2 August 2019 (UTC)

Happy tenth anniversary!Edit

  The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
Congratulations on your ten years as an editor, and thank you for your hard and precious work all over the place! Cwmhiraeth (talk) 05:22, 3 August 2019 (UTC)

DYK for Johann MünzbergEdit

 On 3 August 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Johann Münzberg, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Johann Münzberg ran leading textile factories in Bohemia and promoted the building of the Empress Elisabeth Bridge over the Elbe? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Johann Münzberg. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Johann Münzberg), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. 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.

valereee (talk) 00:01, 3 August 2019 (UTC)

I think you can be an administrator.Edit

Dear Gerda, Now I discovered that you are here since 2009 and that you have created many articles and helped many people (like me). So I believe that you perfectly suit the recruitments to be an administrator (you are already an rollbacker) there are needed people like you. I had the idea to nominate you, this is the reason why am asking your opinion. You can do it yourself, also. (by the way, do you like my new signature?) I await your opinion, Eni vak (speak) 20:37, 6 August 2019 (UTC)

I would support .....but old timers like us usually avoid drama. ...it's why we are still here lol...😊--Moxy 🍁 20:48, 6 August 2019 (UTC)
Ah, If only. But we need musical Gerda as someone who actually knows her Mozart arse from her Bach elbow. Martinevans123 (talk)
Old topic. I never want to be one, never wanted. Miss Ritchie, and John. Just heard great music (Pärt again) performed by Andreas Scholl and Tamar Halperin, his wife. "I bought me a wife, my wife pleased me ..." Their daughter was also in the audience, age four I believe. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:05, 6 August 2019 (UTC)
Ok, no problem. But I think you can try it sometime later (when I gain experience I would like to be one). Best regards, ;-) Eni vak (speak) 21:16, 6 August 2019 (UTC)
Please Gerda, don't ever put yourself through that one week of hell. I did it twice, and wild horses couldn't drag me to do it again, it's just an awful experience. Eric Corbett 21:31, 6 August 2019 (UTC)
Fear not, Eric, never never. Thank you for your help with the Scholl Article, back then! I have Floq and Drmies and now even RexxS when I want dirty work done. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:37, 6 August 2019 (UTC)
Then you can rest easy in your nest of administrators. ;-) Eric Corbett 21:39, 6 August 2019 (UTC)

  Four Award
Congratulations! You have been awarded the Four Award for your work from beginning to end on Die Zeit, die Tag und Jahre macht, BWV 134a. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 02:45, 7 August 2019 (UTC)

--Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 02:45, 7 August 2019 (UTC)

TreesEdit

My aspens dear, whose airy cages quelled,
Quelled or quenched in leaves the leaping sun,
All felled, felled, are all felled;
Of a fresh and following folded rank
Not spared, not one
That dandled a sandalled
Shadow that swam or sank
On meadow and river and wind-wandering weed-winding bank.

O if we but knew what we do
When we delve or hew –
Hack and rack the growing green!
Since country is so tender
To touch, her being so slender,
That, like this sleek and seeing ball
But a prick will make no eye at all,

Where we, even where we mean
To mend her we end her,
When we hew or delve:
After-comers cannot guess the beauty been.
Ten or twelve, only ten or twelve
Strokes of havoc unselve
The sweet especial scene,
Rural scene, a rural scene,
Sweet especial rural scene.

 
Vier Bäume (Kastanienallee im Herbst) by Egon Schiele
Thank you, tree lover, and sending a tree pic I love in reply. More trees under "blushing". --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:45, 10 August 2019 (UTC)
Oh that's lovely. So much better than his portraits, I must say.
Must dash, those pesky dog-catchers are on their way... —Billy —Preceding undated comment added 09:51, 10 August 2019 (UTC)
understand, precious, - Ave Maria, - her big feast 15 August, working hard on the vespers, with some success, see below, - thank you Rambling Man. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:10, 10 August 2019 (UTC)
re: [exits to the sound of sirens]: Did you know that I wrote Sirens – Images of Desire and of Destruction. Consider it dedicated to you ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:43, 10 August 2019 (UTC)
Thank you, Gerda. How perfectly appropriate! I would give it a listen but, alas, my ears are plugged with beeswax. —Odysseus Don't tell Fram!

Your GA nomination of Vespro della Beata VergineEdit

The article Vespro della Beata Vergine you nominated as a good article has passed  ; see Talk:Vespro della Beata Vergine for comments about the article. Well done! If the article has not already been on the main page as an "In the news" or "Did you know" item, you can nominate it to appear in Did you know. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of The Rambling Man -- The Rambling Man (talk) 10:02, 10 August 2019 (UTC)

WikiProject Climate changeEdit

Greetings Gerda! In case you were not aware, some eds have recently tried recharing the old climate change task force, and are converting it to standalone WikiProject. If that interests you, please join us at WP:WikiProject Climate change. We're still in the nuts and bolts start up phase, figuring out how best to harness categories and templates etc. NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 12:11, 13 August 2019 (UTC)

Thank you for the invitation, I'll watch and see what I can do. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:13, 13 August 2019 (UTC)

SmilesEdit

I absolutely LOVE that fly gif. (Die Fliege) I was surprised when I found it was you who used it. (I forget where now, Drmies, Floq, or Richie I think). I actually smacked my screen thinking it was real. Then ...... I REALLY laughed. Thanks for the smiles - have a great day Gerda. — Ched :  ?  — 11:27, 16 August 2019 (UTC)

It's by nagualdesign who then also left us but made a note further up about feeling better. Thank you for adding our friend who died, - how could I miss that. Die Fliege is a short version for the flaming image on the page you once started, with a poem by Poeticbent (letting go of the past) wo then also left us. Feel free applying Die Fliege to the pages of those missed and alive. - I am busy writing a FAC ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:41, 16 August 2019 (UTC)
Fantastic - well, best of luck with that. :-) — Ched :  ?  — 12:05, 16 August 2019 (UTC)
Look around. The FAC is marked by the green GA symbol on top, look for "introduction" to listen in a bit, - the concert with Simon Rattle will be available for free viewing 2 days from mow (I sat right behind one of the cameras), and did you see Raymond's Rules? Matching "Smiles". I like your sig popping up ;) - Did you know that I am in the process of writing the saga of our case, bit by bit, and just remembered Dreadstar leaving forever? - Happy days! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:48, 16 August 2019 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Nun danket all und bringet EhrEdit

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article Nun danket all und bringet Ehr you nominated for GA-status according to the criteria.   This process may take up to 7 days. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have during this period. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of The Rambling Man -- The Rambling Man (talk) 16:21, 16 August 2019 (UTC)

A portal barnstar for you!Edit

  The Portal Barnstar
The Portal Barnstar is awarded to Wikipedians who have made significant contributions to topic portals.

I had no idea that you have been manually updating and changing entries at Portal:Germany/Did you know on such a regular, long ongoing basis. Seriously, you've been doing this every month for years, and this is greatly appreciated. Your dedication to keeping the Portal:Germany up-to-date with new entries is very commendable. North America1000 01:11, 17 August 2019 (UTC)

Seriously, I am glad about the recognition! The gnome icon is my only top icon, and it feels good when gnomish work is recognized, - thank you! I also keep the archives of project Opera, btw. That's a great project, everybody, in case you don't know. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 05:38, 17 August 2019 (UTC)
Well, again, it is appreciated. I have edited a great deal of portal content through the years, and lately I've picked up. One reason is that the creation of many automated portals wound up having people substitute some of that automation in existing portals in ways that broke them, such as removing the content on the main portal page transcluded from various subpages, etc. Another issue is the deletion of many portals that were not automated. I understand why many of these older portals are being deleted, but I feel that some, such as the Germany portal, have merit, and a place on Wikipedia. North America1000 06:58, 17 August 2019 (UTC)
I agree. I hated when the automatism picked 1/8 of DYK for Germany related to Hitler, every day. Some things are better manually ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:27, 17 August 2019 (UTC)
Well, I'm not sure what else to say. Ha ha, actually... Keep up the good work, there and elsewhere. Of course, I've seen you around all over the place, particularly at WP:DYKNOM when I was more active there a while back. For the Germany portal, your work there alone keeping DYK content fresh is way above and beyond what most do. Let me know if you'd like to collaborate on portals, music articles, other content, etc. You've been a great contributor for so long, I feel that you've embodied what Wikipedia should be about. North America1000 11:25, 17 August 2019 (UTC)
Thank you. I have a peer review open, for a start to collaboration ;) - look for the little green GA symbol on top of the page. - This thread deserves to go to "blushing", also there ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:31, 17 August 2019 (UTC)

Der wissende SängerEdit

Hello Gerda, I have been looking through the DYK nominations, and I noticed your question about a translation of this book title. Looking at the article, I see that she also published a book called Das bewußte Singen. What is the intent of using "bewußte" in one and "wissende" in the other, do you think? Both could translate into English as 'aware', but I am interested to see that dict.leo.org suggests 'intuitive' for wissend, and 'conscious, deliberate, intentional' for bewußte. I like the sound of 'The intuitive singer', but I am not sure that is what she meant. Cognizant or aware sounds more like the singer has become aware through teaching. "The aware singer" does seem to be used in English in talking about voice training, so perhaps that would be the best translation?? Best wishes, RebeccaGreen (talk) 20:52, 17 August 2019 (UTC)

 
Brünnhilde
Thank you for sharing the thughts, Rebecca. "Aware" makes sense. "Intuitive" seems about the opposite. Do you happen to know hoe "... dass wissend würde ein Weib" is translated? End of the Ring cycle, Brünnhilde. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:58, 17 August 2019 (UTC)
Well, I didn't, but I thought someone would have translated it, and googled the phrase and found here [2] (#39 on that page) "that a woman might grow wise". I think they probably chose 'wise' to keep the alliteration, and 'grow' rather than 'become' to keep the same number of syllables. I would even suggest 'that a woman would grow wise', for more alliteration - it does of course have a slightly different meaning, so it would depend whether you were focused more on a closer translation or keeping the poetic effect. RebeccaGreen (talk) 21:22, 17 August 2019 (UTC)
I think "wissend" has a double meaning of "knowledgable" and "wise" ("weise" in German), which may be intentionally used by the author, while "bewußt" is rather "conscious". --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:26, 17 August 2019 (UTC)
pictured: Brünnhilde, in the painful process of becoming "wissend". "gain understanding and a serene attitude" would be better than "grow wise", but we don't have so many syllables, - is there any short English word for it? Moonraker? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:27, 18 August 2019 (UTC)

DYK for Ernst Gerold SchrammEdit

 On 18 August 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Ernst Gerold Schramm, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that the baritone Ernst Gerold Schramm was the voice of Christ for Karl Richter in Bach's St John Passion and St Matthew Passion? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Ernst Gerold Schramm. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Ernst Gerold Schramm), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. 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.

— Maile (talk) 00:03, 18 August 2019 (UTC)

DYK for Antigone oder die StadtEdit

 On 19 August 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Antigone oder die Stadt, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that librettist Gerhard Müller and composer Georg Katzer wrote Antigone oder die Stadt in East Germany, but it premiered at the Komische Oper Berlin only after reunification? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Antigone oder die Stadt. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Antigone oder die Stadt), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. 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.

— Maile (talk) 00:01, 19 August 2019 (UTC)

Infoboc Rfc on Talk:Stanley KubrickEdit

Hi, I noticed your past participation in a 2017 Rfc regarding adding an infobox to Stanley Kubrick's article. I just wanted to notify you that there is an Rfc currently underway there. I thought you may be interested. This is likely to be the multi-year moratorium on the topic once this survey ends. Thanks!HAL333 01:59, 19 August 2019 (UTC)

Yes. Please see my post to Laser brain (short story) or to Jmar67 (loooooong story, begun before the RfC). In a nutshell: arbitration introduced that those who do most for an article decide that question, not you and I and the readers, as demonstrated in Talk:Laurence Olivier/Archive 2#Infobox, "it's common practice for the main editors' preference to be respected". Both articles had an infobox for ten years. Worm That Turned, do you see the problem? Bishonen, do you think it's a "good RfC"? I refuse to participate. When asked if an article - any article - should have an infobox, I'd say "Why not?" - and no argument of those who say that it damages an article (and assume that those who want one must come from behind-the-scenes conspiracies probably run by me) has ever convinced me. |HAL333, you can of course use any of what I wrote, and I don't mind copyvio ;) - I'm just too wounded (I just leanred the word) to go myself. Peace. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:25, 19 August 2019 (UTC)
ps: today's DYK: Antigone oder die Stadt, by a composer with an infobox discussion, last line translating to "We pounded at the doors of the mighty; unheard remained the heart-wrenched agony, our people's mournful fate!" - I enjoy the irony. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:43, 19 August 2019 (UTC)
Gerda, I don't understand why you're pinging/addressing me in several places, especially since you keep saying you don't want to (or "refuse to") comment. I believe Talk:Stanley Kubrick is actually a better place to comment than various user talkpages. But I'll reply here since I had already started to write a response here when you posted on my own page. By "good RFC", or "proper RFC", I don't mean one with a result I like; I mean one that is well-attended and leads to a clear consensus . We don't know yet if that will happen with the RFC HAL333 and you are talking about (here a link for the talkpage stalkers), since it has only been open five days. Bishonen | talk 11:15, 19 August 2019 (UTC).
I pinged you here before I noticed your call to let the RfC run its course. Any mentioning of the infobox topic by me has been regarded as canvassing, my thank-you clicks in the matter have been scrutinized, - I am sick of the topic, literally so. Stanley Kubrick had an infobox from 2005 to 2015. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:43, 19 August 2019 (UTC)

DYK for Erik WerbaEdit

 On 19 August 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Erik Werba, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that the pianist Erik Werba, professor at the Wiener Musikakademie for four decades, is known as an accompanist of lieder singers? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Erik Werba. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Erik Werba), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. 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.

— Maile (talk) 12:02, 19 August 2019 (UTC)

DYK for Immortal BachEdit

 On 20 August 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Immortal Bach, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Knut Nystedt wrote Immortal Bach as a scheme for many voices to sing the first line of Bach's "Komm, süßer Tod" simultaneously in different tempi, meeting on the last word meaning peace? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Immortal Bach. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Immortal Bach), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. 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.

— Maile (talk) 00:02, 20 August 2019 (UTC)

DYK for Nicholas LaucellaEdit

— Maile (talk) 12:03, 20 August 2019 (UTC)

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