User:Shoemaker's Holiday

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Shoemaker's Holiday is a user from Scotland. He currently has more than 200 featured content credits, here and on Commons. The "more than" is because some of my earliest work isn't included in this number, as I was not very careful about keeping a list at the time, and, as I have improved greatly since then, I haven't bothered to try to document my earliest work.

Featured stuff

It gives me great pleasure to award these imperial triple crown jewels to Shoemaker's Holiday in thanks for substantial contributions to Wikipedia's coverage of culture. Cheers, Casliber (talk · contribs) 09:43, 7 August 2008 (UTC)




(List mostly complete. These are things I nominated, so there's a mixture of things where I did extensive restoration work with things I just saw, liked, and nominated, and things where I did substantial research to find (and possibly restored as well).)


Most of these I edited and restored, or did other significant work on, however, not all. I was a major player in revitalising the featured sound process, and wanted to make sure there was always something to vote on, so I occasionally nominated something just to keep the candidate list interesting when I didn't have time to search out new content from free libraries or do a restoration.

Featured sound sets

Antonio Vivaldi - The Four Seasons

Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (Le quattro stagioni). Performed by the Wichita State University Chamber Players; violin, John Harrison

This was a procedural nomination: Only one movement, (Spring, 1) was already a featured sound. This is a rather cack-handed way to handle multi-part works, so I suggested we just promote the whole thing. Others agreed with me.

Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, "L'estate" (Summer)

Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293, "L'autunno" (Autumn)

Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, "L'inverno" (Winter)

Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 28

Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101. Performed by Daniel Veesey from

See also: Beethoven's original sketch of the fourth movement.

Charles Gounod - Petite Symphonie pour neuf instruments à vent

Charles Gounod's Petite Symphonie pour neuf instruments à vent (Little Symphony for Nine Woodwinds). Performed by the Soni Ventorum.

Molière and Jean-Baptiste Lully - Le Bourgeois gentilhomme

The ballet music by Jean-Baptiste Lully from Le Bourgeois gentilhomme Molière's 1670 comédie-ballet (that is, a ballet broken up by spoken scenes). This version was performed by the Advent Chamber Orchestra in 2007.

This one was pretty much just nominated by me. Lully's so important that we need some of his music, so I overruled some of my self-imposed rules. =)

Gilbert and Sullivan - H.M.S. Pinafore

These recordings of selections from W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's H.M.S._Pinafore (ctrl-click)">''H.M.S. Pinafore'' (1878) was created by Edison Records in 1911. It stars Elizabeth Spencer, Mary Jordan, Harry Anthony, Walter Van Brunt, James F. Harrison, and William F. Hooley.

Includes "We have sailed the ocean blue" "Hail, men of oarsmen", "I'm called Little Buttercup", and "A maiden fair to see"
Includes "My gallant crew, good morning", "I am the Captain of the Pinafore", "Sorry her lot" (second verse, beginning "Sad is the hour"), "Over the bright blue sea", and "I am the monarch of the sea"

Ludwig van Beethoven - The Diabelli Variations

The 33 Variations on a waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120, commonly known as the Diabelli Variations, is a set of variations for the piano written between 1819 and 1823 by Ludwig van Beethoven on a waltz composed by Anton Diabelli. One of the supreme compositions for the piano, it often shares the highest honours with Bach's Goldberg Variations. The distinguished music writer Donald Francis Tovey has called it "the greatest set of variations ever written."[1] Pianist Alfred Brendel has described it as simply "the greatest of all piano works." It also comprises, in the words of Hans von Bülow, "a microcosm of Beethoven's art."

Guiseppe Cambini - Trois Quintetti Concertans

Trois Quintetti Concertans ("Three Wind Quintets", c.1802) by Giuseppe Cambini

Ludwig van Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 8 (Opus 30-3)

I'm glad I looked into this one: Someone had thought that the first movement of this was Violin Sonata No. 6, the second No. 7, and the third No. 8. Fixing this up was not fun.

Other stuff

FAs I had a more minor role in

Good articles

GA tends to be a stopping-off point before FA for me, at the moment, all of the below have gone on to FA.


The first of these became an FA in one month and two days. See above.

A star is given

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Due Reward and Worthy Tribute for as charming thing as battle! By yours truly, CopperKettle (talk) 14:55, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

Sound restorations I haven't yet nominated

This section is mainly for my own use, but if anyone wants to nominate any of these for Featured Sound, feel free to take them.

Music from Florodora

First line: "There is a garden fair". A circa 1908 Edison Records recording by Frank C. Stanley.
"Ain't We Got Fun?", a 1921 song by Richard A. Whiting, Raymond B. Egan, and Gus Kahn. Recorded later that year by Billy Jones for Edison Records.
Another version, by Irving Kaufman (probably not featurable)
By Irving Berlin, performed by Billy Murray in 1913 for Edison Records.
By Irving Berlin, performed by Billy Murray for Edison Records in 1911.
"Hello! Ma Baby" sung by Arthur Collins in 1899.
"Ah! fuyez, douce image" from Jules Massenet's Manon (1884). Recorded in 1910 by Aristodemo Giorgini for Edison Records.
Enrico Caruso's 1907 performance of "Recondita armonia" from Giacomo Puccini's Tosca
From Act II of Ruggiero Leoncavallo's 1897 La bohème. Opening a year later than Giacomo Puccini's much more famous operatic treatment of the same name, it was eclipsed by its more popular rival and is now largely forgotten. Sung by Enrico Caruso.

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A 1914 Edison Records recording of extracts from Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado. It includes selections from the overture, "A wand'ring minstrel", "Three little maids", "Tit-willow", and the Act II finale.
From Giuseppe Verdi's Il trovatore, Act II. Sung by Gabriella Besanzoni in 1920.


These ones probably need another try to really be good.

The opening and close of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida, Act IV, Scene II: ("La fatal pietra" and "Morir! Si pura e bella", sung by Nicola Zerola in 1909. The duet with Aida in the middle has been cut.
From Verdi's La traviata, Act I, sung by Lucrezia Bori in 1910 for Edison Records.

Levoca Festival

I shot some stuff at the Festival but using my domestic camcorder, so the quality is far from brilliant. As an example I have put up on YouTube Tomasz Kamieniak playing Liszt/Wagner - what do you think? --Smerus (talk) 07:54, 13 October 2008 (UTC)

OK I will sort out some peices you might use over the next few days - best regards, --Smerus (talk) 17:39, 13 October 2008 (UTC)
There are now a number of video clips from the festival up at If you think any of these might have suitable tracks, let me know. I am not an expert on extracting sound tracks from videos, but I assume it can be done. The items split into two for Youtube can of course be rejoined.--Smerus (talk) 13:30, 1 November 2008 (UTC)
There is quite a bit of interesting stuff at this year's festival, I think, and I am investing in a better camcorder.--Smerus (talk) 05:08, 6 July 2009 (UTC)

Andreas Dippel's 1906 Edison Records recording of a selection from Karl Goldmark's Die Königin von Saba (1875).

Potential FPCs

Things that either have not been nominated, or which failed, but without good reason (e.g. not enough votes, patently stupid reasons for opposition, etc.)

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Collaborations in progress

Listed at User_talk:Ottava_Rima/Mariana

Notes for an FTN report

List of scientists opposing the mainstream scientific assessment of global warming

This article consists of a very brief lead, followed by pages and pages of cherrypicked quotes advocating for a fringe viewpoint, completely unchallenged by any mainstream view.[2] This violates most content policies and guidelines related to NPOV. For instance, WP:POVFORK:

Indeed, it is fairly blatant: Citation templates allow quotes to be put in references; instead, they're put in the article. A category would allow for everyone to be linked, and the quotes could be discussed in their articles.

However, it's proven remarkably resistant to deletion. I tried it back in May, others have tried before. Is there anything that can be done about it? Rewriting, changing to a cat, or at least putting the quotes of into the references section?

* Hallo Shoemaker's Holiday. I agree very much with your critisism abbout the List. Wouldn't it be feasible to install a category instead, move quotes to wikiquote and and downsitze the article to a short fork explaining the basic types of sceptics?
  • Considering the Consensus itself, I personally miss a timeline related deveopement of the different Consensus (plural), the differences between the historical IPCC reports and as well different assessments and critisisms and the internal setup and the way its dealing with conflicts. What is mentioned in IPCC is not at all sufficient.
* One could point out that IPCC as an international organization of the UN to sample and summarize the best of class scientific opinion, a consensus (its there, its bad, something has to be done urgently) was real 1997 and was incorporated in the Kyoto protocol. The IPCC as an international organization of the UN to sample and summarize the best of class scientific opinion on AGW has been broadly acknowledged 2001. No complaints so far. Now were in 2009 and Lord May asks for a supernatural power to make People true believers and actors on global warming. Hasnt the IPCC workded properly? Is the consensus Bogus? Or should one try to give it a sort of real life perspective? I mean one could consider major controversies, started later as the Hockeystick (2003 ff), the cosmic ray issue got a boost with Veizer and Shavivin 2003, Bjørn Lomborg (sceptical alredy in 2001) founded the Copenhagen Consensus in 2004. Ann Henderson-Sellers essay about real life in the IPCC came up in 2008 and voices like (Pielke, in some respect hans von Storch) who doubt the suitability of global climate model based consensus as useable tool for local governments. The wayy here a big divide between true believers and heretics is build up is senseless. I mean, even the French Academy of Sciences has blundered, which doesnt mean it has been abolished then. :) --Polentario (talk) 15:38, 13 September 2009 (UTC)


  1. ^ Tovey, Donald Francis, Essays in Musical Analysis: Chamber Music, Oxford University Press, 1944, p. 124.
  2. ^ The lead contains some information about the mainstream view, but phrased in ways to emphasise the climate change denialists. For instance:

    However, the main part of this article is just lists of quotes, and, after that weak framing leads into the IPCC views, no more of the mainstream view ever appears.