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my story today:

Elisabeth Waterhouse
(born 28 February 1933)
founded the
National Chamber Music Course
summer school
in 1974
and has managed it since.

21 January 2023

String Sextet (Waterhouse)
listen as she did on 5 November 2022

(from User:Gerda Arendt/Stories)

music and memory[edit]

25 February · opera
in memoriam
24 February · service
Music from Ukraine,

2024[edit]

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

Happy New Year 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[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[reply]

2024 · the anniversary of Bach's chorale cantatas[edit]

February songs
Die Fliege

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. 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. 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. I archive from time. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:35, 1 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Have a happy New Year, Gerda![edit]

Belated seasons greetings; great contribution[edit]

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[reply]

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

Happy New Year![edit]

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[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[reply]

Have a wonderful New Year, Gerda![edit]

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[reply]

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

Happy New Year![edit]

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[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[reply]

Have a good year in 2024[edit]

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

Happy New Year and Thank You![edit]

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[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[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[reply]
Fine, - ping me when you create something to be reviewed. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 17:36, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A barnstar for you![edit]

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[reply]
Thank you, Rosie, that's very original and touching! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:42, 3 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

DYK for Catalogue of Works of Carl Friedrich Abel[edit]

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[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[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[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

ITN recognition for Hermann Baumann (musician)[edit]

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[reply]

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

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

  1. Hermann Baumann (musician) - PFHLai (talk) 01:00, 5 January 2024 (UTC)
  2. Chris Karrer - Stephen 22:18, 9 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. Tamara Milashkina - PFHLai (talk) 23:36, 17 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  4. Romuald Twardowski - Stephen 01:41, 20 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  5. Ewa Podleś - Stephen 00:05, 24 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  6. Gerd Uecker - Stephen 10:28, 26 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  7. Oskar Negt - Stephen 22:41, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  8. Helga Paris - Stephen 22:41, 12 February 2024 (UTC)
  9. Seiji Ozawa - SpencerT•C 05:47, 12 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  10. Alfred Grosser - Ingenuity (talk • contribs) 00:43, 11 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  11. Ladislav Burlas - Stephen 00:00, 19 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  12. Rudolf Jansen - PFHLai (talk) 19:06, 19 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  13. Johanna von Koczian - PFHLai (talk) 20:04, 17 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  14. Ira von Fürstenberg - Stephen 23:31, 24 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  15. Stewart Robertson

Your GA nomination of Macht hoch die Tür[edit]

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[reply]

  1. Macht hoch die Tür - Schminnte (talk) 22:24, 8 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. Stephen Gould (tenor) - MyCatIsAChonk (talk) 00:03, 18 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

DYK for Ryland Davies[edit]

On 9 January 2024, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Ryland Davies, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that a 1974 recording of Mozart's Così fan tutte with Ryland Davies as Ferrando was used in a 1995 film by the Salzburg Marionette Theatre? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Ryland Davies. You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how, Ryland Davies).

RoySmith (talk) 00:03, 9 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

DYK?[edit]

Hello dear one, History of Christianity has finally made it through to GA, and I was wondering - as you have so much experience writing DYK? hooks - if you could help give me an idea of what might be a good one for this article? I am completely without ideas.

Oh, and do you know anything about how to take an article to A-class? I read their instructions, added the A-class current thing and nothing dropped down like they said it would. I was thinking "A" might be a better next step than going straight to FA - which I dearly want this article to be - but want very much to be fully prepared for this time. I want all my little duckies in a perfectly straight row... Jenhawk777 (talk) 19:11, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'll look but have little time, - can you give a vague idea. Also: my hooks are typically not wanted at DYK. - I know nothing about A class, and recommend you go to peer review (which takes patience, but you can always end it), then FA. Congratulations: GA for such a broad topic is a remarkable achievement! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:29, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Have done the peer review thing 3 times in prepping for GA, so maybe, but maybe not. IDK. You're busy, it's okay. No worries. Thanx for the congrats. Jenhawk777 (talk) 04:57, 11 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Jen, I am sorry, we missed it. I don't know why I thought of it this morning, but it's weeks too late. For the next DYK, better ask User:AirshipJungleman29 who knows the current DYK trends. - As for peer review, you could close it if you like, or a bot will do that after a month. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:39, 3 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Gerda Arendt, one step ahead of you ;) ~~ AirshipJungleman29 (talk) 19:44, 3 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you for that relief! Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:46, 3 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Okay, what just happened? Jenhawk777 (talk) 21:28, 6 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I thought I had missed nominating, and AJ sent the relief that while I missed, you didn't. It got reviewed and approved, as you probably know. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:37, 6 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Notice[edit]

Information icon 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[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[reply]

A barnstar for you![edit]

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[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[reply]

I offer you my deepest apologies Gerda[edit]

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[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[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[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[reply]

For a sunbeam on these winter afternoons[edit]

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

The Medal for Joy[edit]

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[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[reply]

Upper Bounds[edit]

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[reply]

A musical barnstar![edit]

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[reply]

DYK for Kihwan Sim[edit]

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[reply]

Kihwan Sim[edit]

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[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[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[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[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[reply]

The Main Page Barnstar[edit]

The Main Page Barnstar
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[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[reply]

DYK for Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst[edit]

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[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[reply]

DYK for Thomas Fritzsch[edit]

On 16 January 2024, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Thomas Fritzsch, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Thomas Fritzsch, a viol player who rediscovered compositions by Carl Friedrich Abel, established a festival dedicated to him in Köthen? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Thomas Fritzsch. You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how, Thomas Fritzsch), 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, 16 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

ITN recognition for Tamara Milashkina[edit]

On 17 January 2024, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Tamara Milashkina, 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) 23:36, 17 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Your GA nomination of Stephen Gould (tenor)[edit]

The article Stephen Gould (tenor) you nominated as a good article has passed ; see Talk:Stephen Gould (tenor) for comments about the article, and Talk:Stephen Gould (tenor)/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 MyCatIsAChonk -- MyCatIsAChonk (talk) 00:03, 18 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

DYK for St. Joseph, Wedding[edit]

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[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[reply]

DYK for Vivi Vassileva[edit]

On 21 January 2024, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Vivi Vassileva, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Vivi Vassileva, a percussionist who was the youngest member of the German national youth orchestra, has played Gregor Mayrhofer's Recycling Concerto on instruments derived from garbage? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Vivi Vassileva. You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how).

WaggersTALK 00:02, 21 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

ITN recognition for Ewa Podleś[edit]

On 24 January 2024, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Ewa Podleś, 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 00:05, 24 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

DYK for St. Martin, Oestrich[edit]

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[reply]

DYK for Shalom chaverim[edit]

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[reply]

🤗🌻 ~ ToBeFree (talk) 20:52, 25 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

DYK for Anna Nekhames[edit]

On 26 January 2024, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Anna Nekhames, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that before the age of thirty, Anna Nekhames performed the dual role of Venus and Chief of the Gepopo in Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre, one of opera's most demanding coloratura soprano parts? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Anna Nekhames. You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how, Anna Nekhames).

Z1720 (talk) 12:02, 26 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

27 January[edit]

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[reply]

Women in Red February 2024[edit]

Women in Red | February 2024, Volume 10, Issue 2, Numbers 293, 294, 297, 298

--Lajmmoore (talk 20:09, 28 January 2024 (UTC) via MassMessagingReply[reply]

Notice of neutral point of view noticeboard discussion[edit]

Information icon There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Neutral point of view/Noticeboard regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Thank you. Jenhawk777 (talk) 21:02, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Sorry, I have no idea how I have been involved in that issue - on vacation, no time to investigate or help. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:49, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Nominated for AfD on pl wiki. Our article is not great. But I think you are much better placed to comment on whether she is notable? Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 12:02, 3 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Noted, but no time today or tomorrow. Very unusual article. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:34, 3 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I still had no time but keep hoping! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:39, 6 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Piotrus, I looked and am not impressed. I have no idea if this is a serious review. There's a lot of hair, and a lot of promotional speak in English, see here. The article was about the only work of a user, long time ago. - She seems to have played mostly in duo, see www.issuewire.com/alexander-anisimov-and-beata-szalwinska-the-comeback-in-style-1738981418516828 here. (The website is marked as on a blacklist.) Here is a bio of the two that doesn't mention her. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:43, 10 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

DYK for Stephen Gould (tenor)[edit]

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[reply]

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

ITN recognition for Oskar Negt[edit]

On 7 February 2024, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Oskar Negt, 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 22:41, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Seiji Ozawa[edit]

RD? – Sca (talk) 16:18, 9 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

sad - thank you for letting me know --Gerda Arendt (talk) 16:21, 9 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

ITN recognition for Alfred Grosser[edit]

On 11 February 2024, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Alfred Grosser, 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. — Ingenuity (talk • contribs) 00:43, 11 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Per your request, I've got this listed as the April 22 TFA. No need to do anything. Let me know if there's anything I can do. - Dank (push to talk) 15:07, 11 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I thank you. We missed her for the 109th birthday, and the 110th, - 111 is great. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 16:45, 11 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

BWV 22[edit]

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[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[reply]

ITN recognition for Seiji Ozawa[edit]

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[reply]

12 years[edit]

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[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[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[reply]

Thank you![edit]

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[reply]

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

ITN recognition for Helga Paris[edit]

On 12 February 2024, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Helga Paris, 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 22:41, 12 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Precious anniversary[edit]

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[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[reply]

ITN recognition for Johanna von Koczian[edit]

On 17 February 2024, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Johanna von Koczian, 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) 20:04, 17 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

ITN recognition for Ladislav Burlas[edit]

On 19 February 2024, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Ladislav Burlas, which you created and nominated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Stephen 00:00, 19 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

ITN recognition for Rudolf Jansen[edit]

On 19 February 2024, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Rudolf Jansen, 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. PFHLai (talk) 19:06, 19 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

DYK for Tamara Milashkina[edit]

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[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[reply]

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

Moving Grimes2 (talk) 16:20, 20 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for this treat! (How is it that you know what I like?) Viriditas (talk) 19:10, 20 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You like what I like. Thank you for coming over. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:51, 21 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[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[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[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[reply]
The image pictures hope. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:38, 22 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Seele, vergiß sie nicht --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:41, 23 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[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[reply]

Thank you[edit]

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[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[reply]

A barnstar for you![edit]

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

ITN recognition for Ira von Fürstenberg[edit]

On 24 February 2024, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Ira von Fürstenberg, 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. Stephen 23:31, 24 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Women in Red March 2024[edit]

Women in Red | March 2024, Volume 10, Issue 3, Numbers 293, 294, 299, 300, 301

--Lajmmoore (talk 20:22, 25 February 2024 (UTC) via MassMessagingReply[reply]

Your GA nomination of Ryland Davies[edit]

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article Ryland Davies 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 ChristieBot, on behalf of Utopes -- Utopes (talk) 23:24, 25 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

St. Stephan, Mainz[edit]

Deine Story heute ist interessant, der Artikel ist aber leider in lausigem Zustand. Da müsste jemand ran. Grimes2 (talk) 10:53, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The article is from 2006, before I even joined, and needs improvement. See above for why I picked it, in memory of a friend whose birthday is today. I once wrote a hook mentioning the church, but she was indifferent to the music mentioned, so this is better. I would have written a similar hook. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:12, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Your GA nomination of Ryland Davies[edit]

The article Ryland Davies you nominated as a good article has passed ; see Talk:Ryland Davies for comments about the article, and Talk:Ryland Davies/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 Utopes -- Utopes (talk) 19:41, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]