Listening to classical music on Wikisource
Maria Carrara Verdi, Barberina Strepponi, Giuseppe Verdi, Giuditta Ricordi, Teresa Stolz, Umberto Campanari, Giulio Ricordi, Leopoldo Metlicovitz (1900),
Thanks to the collaboration between Wikimedia Italia and Archivio Ricordi, it's now possible to listen to music on Wikisource; the work was conducted with the help of a Wikimedian in residence, musician (composer, teacher, instrumentalist) and IT, supporter of free software. For some time now, Archivio Ricordi has been making online digital reproductions of its music magazines. In recent months, the archive has welcomed Wikimedia Italia’s proposal to experiment with the use of free LilyPond software to transcribe music scores.
Being able to listen to music on Wikisource is in fact a fairly new experience for this project. Now in the Wikisource pages where the transcribed scores are present it is possible not only to read the music, but also to listen to it directly. Some of these pieces were not performed until the time of their publication, between the nineteenth and the very first years of the twentieth century.
Some results here:
- Una sonata da camera del Settecento
- “Fantasia”, “Osanna” dalla Messa Benedicta es cælorum regina (Cristóbal de Morales), e Fantasia n. 5 (Francesco da Milano)
Wikimedia Italia goes to Calabria
Wikimedians with local councilor for culture
Calabria, an italian region in Southern Italy, has a great historical and artistic heritage, still little documented on Wikimedia projects. For this reason, from April 30 to the 1st of May, some staff members, board members and volunteers of Wikimedia and OpenStreetMap projects took part in a trip (called Wikigita: wiki + trip) to work to increase the content related to Calabria available on collaborative projects. The starting point was the documentation of the cultural heritage of the region.
The trip included a preparatory phase to identify the assets and study the missing documentation; an on-site itinerary to document the cultural heritage with photographs (which will be uploaded in September to contribute to Wiki Loves Monuments) and a series of meetings to facilitate the planning of Wiki Loves Calabria as a local competition of Wiki Loves Monuments 2022.
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