User talk:Michael Bednarek

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Olivera Miljaković's family name spelling[edit]

Olivera Miljaković (cyrillic: Оливера Миљаковић) is Serbian opera singer, soprano, Wiener Staatsoper Kammersängerin, and teacher. Please give a look at: and so on. My name is Inoslav Bešker, PhD. It seems that I am qualified in spelling of Serbian names ( --Inoslav Bešker (talk) 15:25, 28 November 2015 (UTC)

Another evidence: --Inoslav Bešker (talk) 20:59, 28 November 2015 (UTC)

And now there is an article on Kms Miljaković: --Inoslav Bešker (talk) 22:44, 28 November 2015 (UTC)

I assume your comments refer to my edit at María José Montiel. The English-language search results from reputable & notable sources (IMDb, Bayreuth, Vienna State Opera, Seattle Opera. Deutsche Grammophon, …) for her name all used "Miljakovic", that's why I wrote "no evidence Olivera Miljakovic needs a ć." None of the sources you provide are of the standing required to establish that spelling in English; in fact, 3 of them use both. I really don't care which spelling is used, but it should satisfy WP:COMMONNAME, specifically WP:UE. -- Michael Bednarek (talk) 02:54, 29 November 2015 (UTC)
I should prefer your answer om my talk page, but never mind. I realize that you decide which evidence is valid, which not. So I'll try to get o copy of a passport or identity card of Ms. Miljaković. --Inoslav Bešker (talk) 17:39, 11 December 2015 (UTC)
I prefer to respond here, where you raised the matter (see Editnotice at the top of this page when you edit it).
The English-language sources I quoted for the spelling of Miljakovic satisfy Wikipedia guidelines; yours don't, and some use both variants. Her passport or similar papers are irrelevant in this context; what counts is how reliable English-language sources spell her name. -- Michael Bednarek (talk) 19:07, 11 December 2015 (UTC)

December 2015[edit]

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Nessun Dorma -- Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation[edit]

Michael, I've undone your tagging. The info is at the [site referenced] on the Track Listing tab. Cheers, ~~Hydronium~Hydroxide~(Talk)~~ 00:04, 5 December 2015 (UTC)

Beethoven undone[edit]

Fuer diese aktion gibt es keine vernuenftige rechtfertigung. Ich habe den artikel erst fuenf minuten vorher kreiert. Um sicher zu gehen, dass er kein Orphan ist, habe ich den link gesetzt. Ich halte eine uebersichtliche See also section fuer brauchbar.Wikirictor (talk) 00:43, 23 December 2015 (UTC)

(I, and any possible talk page watchers, would appreciate if you conduct a dicussion on the English Wikipedia in English.)
I assume you refer to my edit at Ludwig van Beethoven. I removed the entry you added in the "See also" section for Ludwig van Beethoven (1712–1773), an article you created today – and thank you for that – and for which I created just now the interwiki link at Wikidata. As I wrote in my edit summary, I removed that entry from the "See also" section because the article on Beethoven already had a link to his grandfather (1st sentence in the 1st paragraph of "Biography") and MOS:SEEALSO recommends against such links. Adding or removing that entry has no bearing on Special:WhatLinksHere/Ludwig van Beethoven (1712–1773). -- Michael Bednarek (talk) 02:48, 23 December 2015 (UTC)

List of autobahns in Germany[edit]

Hi Michael! Could you please help me understand your reversion of my addition of List of autobahns in Germany to the See also section of the Autobahn article? In your edit summary, you wrote "List of autobahns in Germany is not yet an article", but the bluelink shows it is an article. Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 19:28, 24 December 2015 (UTC)

I should have written that List of autobahns in Germany is not a useful article and as such is unhelpful to be mentioned in the article Autobahn. The list-article a) is not a list; has no sources; c) is confusingly written. I also mentioned in my summary the corresponding article de:Liste der Bundesautobahnen in Deutschland on the German Wikipedia as a hint what a useful article might look like. Most of the corresponding articles in other languages provide similar detail. Once the English list provides similar detail, it should of course be used. -- Michael Bednarek (talk) 20:30, 24 December 2015 (UTC)

Felice Anno Nuovo[edit]

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Happy New Year, Michael!

May 2016 be filled with happiness and beautiful music.

Best wishes, Voceditenore (talk) 16:29, 25 December 2015 (UTC)


May our mouth be full of laughter. Thank youfor cleaningup after mewhen I was too tired to remove a copied item. Next year, I would like to expand Christmas Oratorio. We had the pleasure of singing today the great opening movements of parts I, V, III and VI, two chorales and the finale! What do you think would be better: one large article or six, one for each part? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 23:03, 25 December 2015 (UTC)

Suggestion that the Smith (surname) should be alphabetical[edit]


You made a suggestion that the Smith (surname) should be alphabetical. It was a good suggestion and so I did. I noticed the list was very long and broke off the real & fictional people into a list article. I explained my reasons at: Talk:White (surname)#Rewrite.2Freorganization and got a speedy delete. <SIGH>

I hope you enjoy your time overseas. Me, I am about to give up on Wikipedia. You follow guidelines and someone else comes along and bullies their version. Enough complaining. Thanks for listening. Jrcrin001 (talk) 06:17, 26 December 2015 (UTC)

I made that suggestion in edit summaries at White (surname) (not at Smith (surname)). What you did was far more complicated, creating a new list at List of real and fictional people with the surname White which made the subject unnecessarily difficult to navigate. I still believe that all such lists should be strictly alphabetical, because dividing them into classes/categories makes it difficult for those searching for a specific entry and for those wanting to add a new entry. It will also reduce the likelihood of having duplicate entries in the list. I expect that reorganising such a list in alphabetical order with this reasoning explained in the edit summary or on the talk page will not be reverted. -- Michael Bednarek (talk) 04:59, 27 December 2015 (UTC)

Silent Night Reversion[edit]

I'm not very experienced with Wikipedia and my German isn't so great yet, either, but I wondered why my changes of "helige" to "Heilige" in the info box and "heilige" to "Heilige" in the first paragraph were reverted.

I thought in a title it should be capitalized, but even if not the first is clearly a misspelling, isn't it?

Would you mind explaining?

Thank you. The Zahir NT 2 (talk) 12:22, 26 December 2015 (UTC)

Adjectives are (almost) never capitalised in German; in German, like in many languages other than English, titles have no special spelling rules. -- Michael Bednarek (talk) 04:59, 27 December 2015 (UTC)

2016 year of the reader and peace[edit]

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Thank you for your constant support, - thanks with my review, and the peace bell by Yunshui! (For music, click on "bell") --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:12, 3 January 2016 (UTC)

Invitation to a virtual editathon on Women in Music[edit]

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About | this revert [edit]


I'm a singer, keyboard player, choir accompainist and choir singer. I assure you , female tenors are real, rare albiet, but real. Therefore, contralto is not the lowest female range, tenor is. I will admitt, in Opera there is no such thing as a female tenor. So I won't change the text in the opera section, however, the sections that don't reference opera, would you agree that contralto is not the lowest female range, tenor is (even though it's rare). For example, bass isn't the lowest male rale, basso profundo actually is, but like lady tenors, it too is rare. You follow ? KoshVorlon 16:31, 6 January 2016 (UTC)

Your edit introduced the word "second" [lowest] twice to describe contralto. As I wrote in my edit summary, "introducing 'second' needs an explanation" – what's the lowest? You probably contend that would be female tenor (but you didn't mention that), but Wikipedia has nor article on that subject and the article Tenor doesn't mention it. So, a lot of groundwork needs to be done first to establish that "female tenor" is indeed a verifiable and notable voice type. -- Michael Bednarek (talk) 22:23, 6 January 2016 (UTC)
I hear you, however, I believe this falls under Common Knowledge, at least for those of us that have sung in choruses/choirs of any type. It's kind of like IAR, it's not exactly within the spectrum of the rules, however it improves the article by correcting an error that contralto is the lowest female voice, do you follow  ? KoshVorlon 13:43, 7 January 2016 (UTC)
Do we agree that composers had men in mind when they composed tenor lines? Yes, I know that women can sing tenor, actually a woman is the best tenor in some of my groups (the same woman), but I don't think this encyclopedic. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:55, 7 January 2016 (UTC)
Gerda Arendt Sure! I have no problem with the line of thinking that the composers had men in mind for tenor parts. However, not encyclopedic? I disagree, and I admit this toes the line on "truth", but in my mind, an encyclopedia ought to be as accurate as possible and as women tenors exist (and yes they're rare), as this is true, it should be included. KoshVorlon 17:08, 7 January 2016 (UTC)
How? We can say somehow that occasionally lay choirs have not enough tenors in proportion to sopranos and altos, but that doesn't make tenor a female voice part, imho. - Another option might be to drop the whole gender business, with some men singing soprano. Just define range, perhaps? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 18:11, 7 January 2016 (UTC)
@KoshVorlon:: If you think the subject is encyclopedic, you should write an article about it. -- Michael Bednarek (talk) 22:36, 7 January 2016 (UTC)

Twinkle, Twinkle[edit]

Thanks for removing the audio files that I added to Ah vous dirai-je, Maman. I meant to add them to Twelve Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman". The files are both live piano performances (not MIDI), and I think they're both adequate for the article that I meant to add them to. There's only so much you can do with Twinkle, Twinkle.Anythingyouwant (talk) 14:41, 31 January 2016 (UTC)

I disagree as far as File:Variation I (ah! vous dirai-je maman).ogg is concerned – it's well below acceptable standards and ought to be removed. Further, you changed the template for File:K265 (Ah vous dirai-je, Maman).mid from {{Audio}} to {{Listen}} which doesn't deal properly with MIDI files; {{Audio}} should be restored. Lastly, I think placing soundfiles into their own section, "Media", doesn't improve the appearance of any article; they should be incorporated into the article, just like images normally are. -- Michael Bednarek (talk) 20:01, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
Perhaps {{Listen MIDI}} would also be appropriate. If you'd like to discuss further, maybe the article talk page would be best. Cheers.Anythingyouwant (talk) 20:56, 31 January 2016 (UTC)


Hi Michael. Thanks for these Zweig additions. Where did you get them? I didn't know that that detail of the locations was known. (Note - this is genuine curiosity and interest in the topic, NOT a challenge!!) Cheers DBaK (talk) 15:23, 31 January 2016 (UTC)

The best source for that episode is probably George Prochnik: The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World, which I don't have. But Prochnik gave a talk at the NYPL in May 2014 where he mentions Ossining; see here. Prochnik even published a picture of 7 Ramapo Road, Ossining, and there are pictures with Zweig in front of the house: here and here. There are some snippets visible for Stefan and Lotte Zweig's South American Letters (Bloomsbury, 2010), where the stay at Yale is mentioned. -- Michael Bednarek (talk) 20:01, 31 January 2016 (UTC)

WNYC finance[edit]

Please see the WNYC talk page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:34, 6 February 2016 (UTC)