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Hello Gerda. I’ve just read today’s featured article, Der Psalm 100, and saw you had something to do with it. For that effort I thank you. I would also like to ask if you are a musician. My mother taught me to play piano when I was a child - she played piano for the small Southern Baptist chapel she grew up in in a small town in the Southern US. I hadn’t touched a (musical) keyboard for nearly 25 years (except upon visits to my mother) until this Christmas when my wife surprised me with an electronic piano as a gift. I have greatly enjoyed relearning the true wonder of music these past few days. I was so incredibly surprised that I still remembered the notes to Minuet WoO 10, No. 2 (Beethoven)! Today I am thankful to be able to appreciate music and have a desire to learn more about it. Mr Ernie (talk) 03:53, 9 January 2018 (UTC)

2016 photograph of a choir on stairs outside the Bruges Cathedral, with the Old Town in the background
Reger-Chor, August 2016 in Bruges before a performance of the organ version, with the organist in the first row
Thank you so much, Mr Ernie! I almost cried when you mentioned your mother because today is the birthday of my mother, and the day was chosen because this is so, DYK? In loving memory I recall that she had sung all the time I can remember, and I got a piano - something she would have loved to learn but her family couldn't afford it - when I was ten. Professionally, I did something else, but the love of music stayed (I have an infobox on my user page), and yes, this past Christmas was especially musical, - happy 2018! The psalm by Reger (celebrated in 2016) is a giant work, and carries what I stand for: rejoice, serve, serve with joy, reflect, come together to dance and give thanks. There's a YouTube link if you want to listen to us. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:30, 9 January 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Freundliche Vision

Updated DYK query.svgOn 25 January 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Freundliche Vision, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Richard Strauss's art song "Freundliche Vision" describes a waking dream? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Freundliche Vision. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Freundliche Vision), 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.

Gatoclass (talk) 12:02, 25 January 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202

Updated DYK query.svgOn 26 January 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that the secular Bach cantata Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202, scored for a soprano soloist, oboe, strings and continuo, pictures the transition from winter to spring? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202), 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.

Alex Shih (talk) 00:02, 26 January 2018 (UTC)

hello

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Precious six years

Hello Gerda, I hope things are going well. Lingzhi ♦ (talk) 12:42, 30 January 2018 (UTC)

Thank you for coming over, and yes, they are, - today it's 6 years that I began Precious which I consider my best contribution to the site, - not my invention but I gave it the new name and keep it going ;) - Thank you for the references tool, although I haven't found the time to check it out. - I had inspiring conversations (see above), about a cantata and the finesse of poetic translation. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:08, 30 January 2018 (UTC)
I'm still working on the reference tool; it's far from done. Glad you feel inspired. Lingzhi ♦ (talk) 15:17, 2 February 2018 (UTC)
Thank you, Lingzhi. Many sad experiences (beginning in 2012 when a friend was blocked and seemed lost for the project, which made the first "Precious") inspired me to write and expand today's article, which I translate as "let go". Sadly matching this call to do things as long as we can. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:28, 2 February 2018 (UTC)
Most people would not consider me especially old (I am more than a decade from retirement), but I have various very noticeable and regrettable symptoms of mortality creeping up on me. Time marches on relentlessly. Lingzhi ♦ (talk) 15:41, 2 February 2018 (UTC)
This young man was 36. Let's not talk about age ;) - He said something I'd include in my edit notice if I had more space: "This user is a person, and nothing else matters." --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:45, 2 February 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for your recent communications; hope that you're well. BTW, I might need your help in the next few weeks (or months), on the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra's home page. My last edits that toned down material about Kirill Petrenko were reverted (stupidly, IMHO) by someone without the slightest meaning about writing objective articles on Wikipedia. I'm going to do some more systematic editing later that will restore those old edits, but also add new material from the German Wikipedia page. I know that you don't like to get overly involved in edit wars, but those will probably ensue there. Cheers, DJRafe (talk) 15:28, 24 February 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for the heads-up, will watch Berlin Philharmonic and step in if needed. DYK that I was in the Philharmonie for the first time end of last year? - You might do the same (watch and step in) for Vilde Frang where I reverted to last version with refs, from long ago. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 16:08, 24 February 2018 (UTC)
Will do, regarding Vilde Frang. Great that you had your first concert experience at the Philharmonie Berlin. I really do need to return to Berlin at some point. Cheers, DJRafe (talk) 14:46, 3 March 2018 (UTC)
One more request (sorry) on article-watching, namely on Andrés Orozco-Estrada, where one editor who edits only this page hasn't the faintest idea about objective content. This person has reverted my edits in the past, and will no doubt do so here again in future. I still need to work on Vilde Frang at some point, per your request, as it does need work to render it more objective. Let me know if I can be of other assistance in return, should you need it, & thanks again, DJRafe (talk) 14:08, 24 March 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

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Because you deserve this (and much more)! Thanks for the thanks! Marrante (talk) 22:49, 30 January 2018 (UTC)
Lovely to see your name again! Alleluia! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:54, 30 January 2018 (UTC)
For Season's greetings, click on the green heart-leaf further up. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:56, 30 January 2018 (UTC)

Great job on Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin, BWV 125

G'day Gerda, great job with this TFA. Over 20K views! Nice work. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 11:50, 3 February 2018 (UTC)

Thank you! Did you notice that peace is in its name, as in yours? And joy! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:31, 3 February 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Phoenix Arising

Updated DYK query.svgOn 18 February 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Phoenix Arising, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Phoenix Arising for bassoon and piano was composed by Graham Waterhouse (pictured) in memory of his father, the bassoonist William Waterhouse, who believed in his instrument's "broad expressive possibilities"? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Phoenix Arising. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Phoenix Arising), 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.

Gatoclass (talk) 00:01, 18 February 2018 (UTC)

Gerda, ich danke dir herzlich für deine Kommentar

This is the first time in long years that I receive such a nice, sweet and warm comment, namely the one you placed on my Talk Page. After several years of frustration and disappointment with Wikipedia, where I've had many edits and some articles vandalized, erased, distorted, challenged, or otherwise threatened, it is comforting to encounter a caring soul like you. Just...what is a sweet nice girl like you doing in a hostile place like this?

I can see your zeal and dedication to classical music, especially that from your compatriots. I myself am a devoted fan of Johann Sebastian since I was 11 and learned my first exercises authored by him. I cannot stop enjoying his music, and among the many performing artists that have made it available to us, I have a special regard for Wendy Carlos and her extraordinary renderings, particularly her Switched-On Brandenburgs albums.

Note: I had long forgotten that reference I had added to the Joseph Jongen article, I just was (and still am) proud of having added the word "monumental" to the opening paragraph about his Symphonie Concertante, which it well deserves.

Well, to make this short, it's been a pleasure to meet you, even if you are a nine-year-old girl (which I don't believe or understand, but accept nonetheless). :)

Thank you! --AVM (talk) 02:19, 19 February 2018 (UTC)

Thank you so much! What a nice message to wake up to! - I make music here, normally related to what I sing in choirs, Look at my infobox: who is 9 years old? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:24, 19 February 2018 (UTC)

How do you do it

I've never been foolish enough to take my scaly WikiDragon hide above the clouds into the WikiHeavens - I only ever see burning planes falling from those clouds to crash in the WikiFields. Sometimes I see hear the gunfire of the editors above, but then Dr. Blofeld's plane crashed in the sward before my mountain, and I didn't even see Jaguar's end. I'd seen on your talk page and a couple of others people thanking you for your levelheadedness, and I have to wonder - how to manage the insanity that apparently lives beneath the floorboards of Wikipedia? What happens if you can't any longer? –Vami_IV✠ 08:50, 1 March 2018 (UTC)

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What you call insanity is just our human condition, described well on this 1510 image. What I do? I was made immune when I survived the first pride and prejudice when a friend who gave up was banned by the community afterwards. I felt that I didn't belong to such a community, and felt the urge to leave, but then thought that some would just love that, and decided to stay. From then on (we talk October 2012), it was easier to ignore ignore ignore minor things. Dr. Blofeld has called me a princess and a monster, so I have mixed emotions. Also, he always returned after a while, so far. Same for Jaguar. I miss GFHandel who left us in 2013, and never returned. We just had the birthday of Handel, who wrote He was despised (see above, and follow the links) in 1741, on a text by Isaiah. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:07, 1 March 2018 (UTC)
I see. Well, I won't ever leave if you don't. ;) –Vami_IV✠ 09:42, 1 March 2018 (UTC)

Possible DYK for nice image

The last page of the autograph manuscript, BWV 769a, the closing bars of the canon per augumentationem. It ends manuscript collection P 271 with the surviving fragment of the so-called "deathbed chorale", Vor deinen Thron tret' ich, BWV 668 (not in Bach's handwriting).

This very recently downloaded image and a carefully written of the caption might be something that you might quite like, possibly as a DYK. Peter Williams describes these as "one of the best bars in the whole of P 271".

Best wishes, Mathsci (talk) 12:17, 4 March 2018 (UTC)

Thank you. Hopefully no rush, March is reserved to mostly women (look today at Miriam Makeba, pictured above) and Lent and Easter. - Any expansion (as long as sourced) to An Wasserflüssen Babylon welcome, nominated with another such image (not as clear though). That's an article that could eventually go to GA. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:44, 4 March 2018 (UTC)
During my recovery from stroke, the first thing I tried to read (with huge difficulty) was Psalm 137 on News Year's Day. I am not quite sure why you wrote Psalm 84. An Wasserflüssen Babylon was the first piece I played on the chapel organ on BWV 653 the day after being discharged. Mathsci (talk) 13:14, 4 March 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for pointing the wrong number out, - the other was on my mind in the desert (pictured above) - no rivers. - Touching, your personal memories, thank you for sharing. Would you know where to find a translation of 137? When I search for the translator, I get only other hymns, and the remark that his poetry was not so great. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:26, 4 March 2018 (UTC)
The article Psalm 137 and the wikisource are fine. The King James Bible forms part of the Protestant heritage. Perhaps the lines could be broken up into shorter fragments to match Luther's version. Mathsci (talk) 14:34, 4 March 2018 (UTC)
Dachstein's version? - Yes, could be broken up, - I added the psalm verses only yesterday, and think today more of women and singing in defiance - Ich steh hier und singe was and is my only defense. (See above a short summary of how I manage to still be here. It's one of these days that I wonder why.) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:21, 4 March 2018 (UTC)
There are actually six verses (the 6th is just the standard blessing, Ehr sie dem Vater und dem Sohn, und auch dem Heilgen Geiste, ...). For a literal version see Anne Leahey's translation (Chapter 2 in J. S. Bach's "Leipzig" Chorale Preludes: Music, Text, Theology) which is mostly based on Mark Bighley's 1986 book, The Lutheran Chorales in the Works of J.S. Bach. You could also make an English variant of the literal version which doesn't sound too slilted in addition to the King James version. There is also the Latin version, Super flumina Babylonis. There is furthermore an online OUP version of Stinson's "J.S. Bach's Great Eighteen Organ Chorales", which could be useful. (By this stage there might well be online options such as a singing "google button" or even perhaps a "surgically implanted microchip".) Mathsci (talk) 16:13, 4 March 2018 (UTC)
Gerda, I have created the Hymn tune (or melody) for An Wasserflüssen Babylon following the pattern for Vater unser. I hope that is OK with you. Mathsci (talk) 07:15, 23 March 2018 (UTC)
That's great, thank you, and for all the other finds for that article! - Today is a funeral, and the featured article is by a great user we miss, The Age of Reason, may it come. She was missed by another great user who wrote on African-American literature and Shakespeare and keeps the list of those of us who died. She wrote Uncle Toms Cabin, which was quoted in the first Good article I nominated, not by me, Great Dismal Swamp maroons. - To the memory of the missed, whether dead or in the desert or in the Great Dismal Swamp! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:27, 23 March 2018 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── If you're reflecting on Easter and the Passions, then BWV 621 might be a suitable Lutheran hymn for you. Mathsci (talk) 07:42, 23 March 2018 (UTC)

Yes, thank you. Will write next year if I'm still alive. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:45, 23 March 2018 (UTC)
Mathsci, I'm expanding BWV 100, thinking of you a lot, - all the work you put in the related hymn. I use the hymn lead image for now, but it would make a better difference to have Bach's autograph, - any chance? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:09, 23 March 2018 (UTC)
There is an autograph manuscript of BWV 100 which can be digitised at very high resolution; the easiest for me is to use the Commons template for BWV 98. Mathsci (talk) 12:21, 23 March 2018 (UTC)
You don't seem to have acknowledged my digitised image: did you forget? Now that I have repaired my old laptop (damaged while the stroke occurred—actually when I was editing wikipedia!), it was very easy to dezoomify and crop the image, exactly as I did on BWV 99.
I have also tried to continue editing in the the spirit of your DYK hook as much as I could. One of the sentence is essentially adapted from you, with some tweaks by several other users:
"The arrangements of "An Wasserflüssen Babylon" by Reincken and Pachelbel—along with the chorale prelude "Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein," BuxWV 210 by Dietrich Buxtehude—comprise the earliest extant transcriptions of Bach, copied on a 1700 organ tablature in Lüneberg when he has still a youth; remarkably, they were only unearthed in Weimar in 2005."
I hope that is OK. Cheers, Mathsci (talk) 08:30, 28 March 2018 (UTC)
Thank you! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:39, 28 March 2018 (UTC)
Happy Easter, Gerda. I hope you are singing! Mathsci (talk) 07:33, 1 April 2018 (UTC)
Mathsci, going to sing Vierne for Pentecost, just finished the DYK nom. Life is too short for Donnerwort arguments ;) - Liner notes by Wolff, Hofmann and Gardiner are respected sources. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:58, 12 May 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you

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For spreading good will, good wishes, and good thoughts for so many years. You have such a good influence here. And also, thank you for Der Gemischte Chor Zürich. You are wonderful! Anna Frodesiak (talk) 00:15, 5 March 2018 (UTC)
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Thank you, good timing! I try, and try (failed), and try (we'll see). - Now tell me how to get kind to myself? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:01, 5 March 2018 (UTC)
Kind to yourself? Have a chocolate milk, obviously. :) Anna Frodesiak (talk) 08:07, 5 March 2018 (UTC)
And not some store-bought Quick. Pure Dutch-processed coco and white sugar 50%-50% in a bottle, shaken, left in the fridge, and shaken again. Lovely! Anna Frodesiak (talk) 08:08, 5 March 2018 (UTC)
(ec) Would you tell the singer? - Kind in the sense of forgiving, I mean. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:10, 5 March 2018 (UTC)
ps: reading Nänie (the poem) helped somewhat, - promised myself to expand that article on my mom's anniversary of death. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:13, 5 March 2018 (UTC)
Oh, I think I see what you mean now. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 08:14, 5 March 2018 (UTC)
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Playing Bach's Sinfonia in F minor also helped somewhat, corresponding to what Mathsci wrote above about recovery, and writing the article when all say no. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:36, 5 March 2018 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Anna is right about the chocolate, though I prefer it warmed. I wish I had some good music to post. Still looking for something just for you that is okay to post. Kafka Liz (talk) 14:14, 5 March 2018 (UTC)

Thank yo, very sweet of you. Answering a caring question: I thought I was clear enough above, saying where I failed, but I could say plainly that I mourn the death of Halibutt, and miss The Quixotic Potato, Laura, DS and Joe, - all this year. Aus der Tiefen ... --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:22, 6 March 2018 (UTC)
Well, I don’t know everyone anymore - but I see names there I recognise and will miss. Don’t know if I’ve given you this before; apologies if it is a repeat [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkxS01yaL0Y] Kafka Liz (talk) 13:46, 6 March 2018 (UTC)
Just what I needed, thank you! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:05, 6 March 2018 (UTC)
Hi, Gerda! I just dropped by to say hi and see how you were getting along with your fishes when I saw this discussion...Wow!! I never got a chance to collaborate with any of those editors but I recognize the user names. I hope this isn't indicative of a pandemic. 😳
When you don't know a user, just look at Precious: 1322 106 856 284. Follow the second link and look for my name, - one of the highest honours ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 17:30, 6 March 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Zofia Posmysz

Updated DYK query.svgOn 16 March 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Zofia Posmysz, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Zofia Posmysz (pictured), Auschwitz inmate No. 7566, wrote an audio play on her memories, which became the basis for her 1962 novel Passenger, a 1963 film, and a 1968 opera? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Zofia Posmysz. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Zofia Posmysz), 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.

Gatoclass (talk) 00:01, 16 March 2018 (UTC)

  • This is a record for me: 1,254 pageviews per day. Notably, while at WP:DYK Zofia Posmysz received 25,808 pageviews. I have always believed that a collaborative working environment makes the project more successful than it might otherwise be. So, here it is. Thank you again, Gerda Arendt. Face-smile.svg Poeticbent talk 20:24, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
Yes, I agree, and it was a record for me as well, for DYK at least. Until 14 March, 10k+ was the highest I got, and most musicians and pieces stayed in the 3-digit-range. Then came Camilla Nylund (see above), the first 25k+, helped by a screenshot of the Main page on TV. Zofia Posmysz is just a great topic! I hope to see the opera in Frankfurt where I saw Nylund as well. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:34, 18 March 2018 (UTC)

Prehistory of BWV 56

BWV 56 seemed to have specially chosen by me in April 2009 with about 50 consecutive edits. It must have been one of my favourites. Ah, the Good Old Days. Mathsci (talk) 17:44, 18 March 2018 (UTC)

I like that. You probably know my story with it? ... and the program of the concert? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:39, 18 March 2018 (UTC)

A thank-you barnstar

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In appreciation of the unflagging kindness and constructive spirit demonstrated across the numerous corners of the encyclopedia where I have encountered your work! Innisfree987 (talk) 18:41, 24 March 2018 (UTC)
blushing once more ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:34, 24 March 2018 (UTC)

DS alert

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Case has closed. --RexxS (talk) 21:26, 28 March 2018 (UTC)

Thank you. I always wanted to find out what DS means, also who can honestly claim to be uninvolved. Is adding an infobox to an article you expanded 5 times disruptive? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:13, 28 March 2018 (UTC)

DYK Medal

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Congratulations on this outstanding achievements. Keep up the good work! Freikorp (talk) 19:32, 30 March 2018 (UTC)
Thank you. DYK that 500 was also on a Good Friday, 2014? Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:01, 30 March 2018 (UTC)
Congratulations Grimes2 (talk) 14:31, 31 March 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Große Kirche Aplerbeck

Updated DYK query.svgOn 12 April 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Große Kirche Aplerbeck, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that on 12 April 1945, a white flag was hung from the tower of the Große Kirche Aplerbeck (pictured), one of two churches after the same design by Christian Heyden, to signal capitulation? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Große Kirche Aplerbeck. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Große Kirche Aplerbeck), 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.

Vanamonde (talk) 00:02, 12 April 2018 (UTC)

Thought you'd enjoy this

I'm at an editathon currently, and they were going through the 5 pillars, and there was a screenshot of you talking with someone as an example of civility. I thought you would appreciate this :) TonyBallioni (talk) 21:44, 12 April 2018 (UTC)

I do ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:16, 12 April 2018 (UTC)
Do you think you could incorporate some of your sources for Psalm 84 in the article? Take a look at the review and more sources offered, - wonder what you think? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:18, 12 April 2018 (UTC)
I'll take a look and see if there is anything I have access to that would make it better, though you've done a great job expanding it :) TonyBallioni (talk) 15:57, 13 April 2018 (UTC)

Walter Fink

Gnome globe current event.svgOn 15 April 2018, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Walter Fink, which you created. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Martinevans123 (talk) 17:33, 15 April 2018 (UTC)

Martinevans123 (talk) 17:33, 15 April 2018 (UTC)

Thank you, also for your help with it. - Back from a long spring hike which gave me the idea to expand The Lord is my Shepherd today. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 18:18, 15 April 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Psalm 84

Updated DYK query.svgOn 21 April 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Psalm 84, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Psalm 84 about God's lovely dwellings was set to music by Heinrich Schütz, by Brahms in the centre of Ein deutsches Requiem, and as Wilhelm Kempff's Op. 1? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Psalm 84. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Psalm 84), 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.

Gatoclass (talk) 00:02, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

QPQ for Aartswoud

That's about all I'm good for Gerda, hosting funny threads on my talk page. But don't worry, you won't drive me away by saying so. :-) Eric Corbett 12:09, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for coming over! Did you see my DYK of the day, the lady who was painted naked with Schubert? (painting - in a theatre - in the article) - I should probably have asked you wordsmith for a hook mentioning that, - I gave up. Last good one was Zofia Posmysz, related to your remark about how I feel writing about German atrocities. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:34, 29 April 2018 (UTC)
ps: Eric, did you see another language question, about "perhaps best remembered"? Harmless or to be avoided? (I never thought about it, nor did I use the phrase, - I try to avoid even "best known".) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:39, 29 April 2018 (UTC)
I don't have a problem with "perhaps best remembered". Naked ladies eh? I need to take a look at that article. Eric Corbett 13:23, 29 April 2018 (UTC)
The lady in question is armed and ready to shoot: Die zürnende Diana. There's another naked lady, whose only weapon are her arms, related to a Goethe song (see also de:Der Fischer (Goethe), with this depiction). Schubert (dressed) is painted (by his friend) as the victim of both. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:36, 29 April 2018 (UTC)
Another, Eric: I just reverted something on Gwyneth Jones (soprano), and saw that poor lead. You are the first one I could imagine to bring life to it, remembering Andreas Scholl ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:19, 30 April 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

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I wrote the article, it's my choice. Nice to see some honesty. – SchroCat (talk) 20:38, 5 May 2018 (UTC)
You are welcome. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:33, 5 May 2018 (UTC)

"J. S."

I agree Gerda. I wondered if there wasn't a MoS style rule about the space somewhere. Lately, I have been assuming there are more style rules than there actually are, so I'm never sure when to look. Thanks for the DYK review. Outriggr (talk) 23:59, 13 May 2018 (UTC)

Outriggr, I never know about teh rulez, only copy ;) - see here, Francis knows, and the link is in the edit summary, Wikipedia:Naming conventions (people). --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:31, 14 May 2018 (UTC)

Christophe Larrieu

Frauen sind besonders begabt, die Wutausbrüche der Männer zu lindern.

LouisAlain (talk) 12:25, 23 May 2018 (UTC)

Thank you, how did you know. - Happily swapping the images on top, May up, despised and rejected down. (You and I, we belong in the group, but it's no reason to leave, which leaves the game to the others.) The mezzo's article has now 4 sources ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:37, 23 May 2018 (UTC)

ITN recognition for Dieter Schnebel

Gnome globe current event.svgOn 25 May 2018, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Dieter Schnebel, which you nominated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Stephen 00:55, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

La Monica

Dear colleague,

please consider writing an article dedicated to the song La Monica (alternative readings: La Monaca, Monacha). The melody (of Italian, or as to my mind, rather of French origin) has been used by famous composers, including several works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Weird but I could not find 'foreign' Wikipedia pages dedicated to this moving song and its professional implementations (Frescobaldi, Dowland, Buxtehude etc). Feel free to use my engravings (transcriptions of a melody) for the Russian 'La monaca" page. Olorulus (talk) 07:07, 5 June 2018 (UTC)

Good idea, but not for soon. Mentioned here. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:18, 5 June 2018 (UTC)

DYK for If Ye Love Me

Updated DYK query.svgOn 12 June 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article If Ye Love Me, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that the 1565 motet "If Ye Love Me" by Thomas Tallis was performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, If Ye Love Me), 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.

Gatoclass (talk) 00:02, 12 June 2018 (UTC)

A kitten for you!

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For all the amazing work you do, and for all the time you're spending on improving this encyclopedia. Face-smile.svg

~ ToBeFree (talk) 20:40, 12 June 2018 (UTC)

Cute, thank you! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:20, 12 June 2018 (UTC)

ITN recognition for Enoch zu Guttenberg

Gnome globe current event.svgOn 17 June 2018, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Enoch zu Guttenberg, 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 23:43, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Pierre Boulez

Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 00:01, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for your help with this! It's come round more quickly than I expected... Dmass (talk) 05:11, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

He gave me an unforgettable Götterdämmerung, and more. What do you think about the discussion on his talk, mercifully archived end of 2017? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 05:29, 22 June 2018 (UTC)
Hi Gerda, personally I'm not in favour of an infobox. Did you see the Götterdämmerung in Bayreuth? If so, lucky you! Dmass (talk) 10:19, 22 June 2018 (UTC)
Lucky me ;) - I had the good and undeserved luck that a friend who was a long-term member of the Richard-Wagner-Verband was not in favour of Chérau's staging (nor Kupfer's of Der fliegende Holländer) and gave me her two tickets. - Did you know how that discussion started? No answer yet (in more than two years) to the question "Those opposing: please show a different way to show the data of birth and death together at a glance, which is standard for printed encyclopedias." --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:33, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

ITN recognition for Barry McDaniel

Gnome globe current event.svgOn 23 June 2018, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Barry McDaniel, which you nominated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Pawnkingthree (talk) 00:04, 24 June 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Maria Bengtsson (soprano)

Updated DYK query.svgOn 28 June 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Maria Bengtsson (soprano), which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that a reviewer found Maria Bengtsson (pictured) believable and expressive when she first performed the title role of Arabella by Strauss? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Maria Bengtsson (soprano). You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Maria Bengtsson (soprano)), 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, 28 June 2018 (UTC)

Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen, BWV 56 copyedit

You did an excellent job. I was tempted to click thank you for every single edit, but normally restrict myself to one per day ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:17, 30 June 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, and there was certainly no need to thank me for every edit :-). It was a pleasure. Good luck and all the best, Miniapolis 15:25, 30 June 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Claus Wisser

Updated DYK query.svgOn 30 June 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Claus Wisser, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Claus Wisser founded the services company Wisag, and co-founded the Rheingau Musik Festival which staged a concert of Orff's Carmina Burana for his 60th birthday? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Claus Wisser. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Claus Wisser), 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.

Alex Shih (talk) 00:02, 30 June 2018 (UTC)

Seals

Is that any good? (Very neutral!) Eebahgum (talk) 06:33, 1 July 2018 (UTC)

P.S. Delete or amend as you think fit. Eebahgum (talk) 07:01, 1 July 2018 (UTC)
Love it! Thank you! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:12, 1 July 2018 (UTC)

A kitten for you!

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This is kind of random, but I want to express my appreciation for your making Wikipedia a better and healthier editing environment as such a force for positivity and kindness. It means a lot to me, and the 'pedia is better for it.

Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 21:46, 5 July 2018 (UTC)

Thank you for random kindness ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:09, 5 July 2018 (UTC)

ITN recognition for Hans Günter Winkler

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DYK for Andreas Großmann

Updated DYK query.svgOn 11 July 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Andreas Großmann, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Andreas Großmann commissioned the oratorio Laudato si' for the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Diocese of Limburg's church music department, which he heads? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Andreas Großmann. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Andreas Großmann), 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.

Alex Shih (talk) 00:02, 11 July 2018 (UTC)

Thanks

Dear Gerda, thank you very much for welcoming me to Wikipedia! Johannes Schade (talk) 07:11, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

Hans Günter Winkler

Good point - any better now? GiantSnowman 14:32, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

Not sure. I think they differentiated the specific show jumper and the general equestrian (any discipline). How about the general record first, the the specific? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:34, 16 July 2018 (UTC)