User:Durova

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Greetings from California.

Hi, I'm an editor on English Wikipedia and an administrator on Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource.

A recording, a score, and a portrait[edit]

One of the projects I'm working on is to provide good media packets for composers and songwriters. This involves cross-project collaboration between Commons, English Wikisource, and English Wikipedia.

A bust of Beethoven taken from his death mask.
Manuscript notes for Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 28.
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Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 28, first movement (help | download or online player | file info)
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Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 28, second movement (help | download or online player | file info)
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Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 28, third and fourth movements (help | download or online player | file info)


The overall idea is to provide useful illustrative media that migrates easily between different language editions of Wikipedia. It's easier to translate a caption than an entire article, so smaller language projects gain an easy way of providing useful content to their readers. With good restored examples of a recording, a score, and a portrait it's possible to convey a lot of information about a composer even if an article is a stub. I'm working with a team of people and so far we've completed media packets for Ludwig van Beethoven, Irving Berlin, Carlos Gardel, and Scott Joplin. We'd like to do as many as possible and welcome international material.

Irving Berin in 1948.
Cover page for "I Want to Go Back to Michigan", a 1914 Irving Berlin song.
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"I Want to Go Back to Michigan", sung by Billy Murray in 1914. (help | download or online player | file info)

Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904).
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Ten Biblical songs (help | download or online player | file info)
Cover page to book 1 containing Biblical Songs 1-5.

Carlos Gardel in 1933.
First page of "Por una Cabeza", a 1935 tango by Carlos Gardel and Alfredo Le Pera.
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Por una Cabeza, sung by Carlos Gardel in 1935. (help | download or online player | file info)

Scott Joplin in 1907.
Cover page for "Maple Leaf Rag", first edition 1899.
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Maple Leaf Rag (help | download or online player | file info)

James Scott
Cover page for "Maple Leaf Rag", first edition 1899.
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Frog Legs Rag (help | download or online player | file info)

John Philip Sousa, 1900.
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Stars and Stripes Forever, conducted by John Philip Sousa, 1909. (help | download or online player | file info)
Cover page for "Stars and Stripes Forever".