Wikipedia:Meetup/Sydney/October 2012

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Jean-Philippe Rameau's Traité de l’harmonie (Treatise on Harmony, 1722).

Australian Wikipedians are holding an edit-a-thon about French classical music to coincide with the Classic 100 Music of France (ABC), which will be broadcast by ABC Classic FM 8–14 October 2012. The physical meetup in Sydney will be on the penultimate broadcasting day (that is, Saturday, 13 October). Physical and online participation is welcome!

1–5 pm Saturday 13 October
Mitchell Meeting Room 2, Mitchell Wing, State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie Street, Sydney.
See the State Library's website "getting here" page.


The venue for the physical meeting is on the first floor of the Mitchell Wing. Enter through the main doors of the Library, go up the marble staircase, turn left at the top, along the corridor, second room on the left. There is also a lift.
The Library has its own café on site, which is open on the day.


Since the venue is a great public library, there are a great many resources available if we want to order them up from the stack. They have to be referred to in the reading room but it is just down the stairs, near the edit-a-thon. Some rare resources are held offsite, but they can be ordered online in advance to be available on the day. Use the SLNSW Catalogue


  • (talk) 08:22, 3 October 2012 (UTC).
  • Weekends any time Sat/Sun preferred, but could do Wednesday later in the afternoon ((if decided soon) or evening. Tony (talk) 06:52, 3 October 2012 (UTC) Sorry about late notice: unable to attend. Tony (talk) 01:57, 13 October 2012 (UTC)
  • I'm in Wittylama 08:04, 3 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Ennegma (talk) 00:10, 10 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Hohohob (talk) 03:00, 13 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Your name here!

Online participation[edit]

We will use online collaboration tools like Internet Relay Chat and Google Hangout to track the countdown. (Include your preference when you add your name.)

  • John Vandenberg (chat) 01:40, 3 October 2012 (UTC) – IRC, Google Hangout
  • Graham87 13:34, 3 October 2012 (UTC) IRC
  • Noetica. I have no time to set up those facilities or to engage in the proposed way. But anyone wanting me to assist with problems in an article can approach me at my talkpage. (I have an extensive collection of books on musical topics, if references are required that are unavailable online.) NoeticaTea? 23:35, 4 October 2012 (UTC)
  • I'll watch and see where I can help. GFHandel   01:42, 9 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Your name here! (Indicate which collaboration tools you prefer.)

To do[edit]

Note that the voting possibilities in the Timeline section of the ABC website link directly to WP articles. For example, in the Romantic period the list reveals which items have an article and which do not. Look at the voting possibilities or scroll down on this ABC page

Some composers such as Fauré are already Featured Articles but many composition articles are non-existent. These include both compositions by French composers and compositions in the French style. There are also Australian connections – for example, Pinchgut Opera recently performed in connection with this Countdown and its Director, Erin Helyard, does not have an article.

These lists of works have been copied to /The List, which in combination with the voters' choices are developed into the workplan table below.

The key guiding article – Classic 100 Music of France (ABC) – is being diligently updated by User:GFHandel.

Article Work needed Comment/Symbol confirmed.svg
Je te veux #100. Needs developing
Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus #97. References and sources needed Symbol confirmed.svgCopy-edited, but it needs significant expansion (asked a very good UK music editor, RobertG, whether he's interested; I think he has a good personal library of relevant material. Tony (talk) 04:12, 13 October 2012 (UTC)
Rapsodie espagnole #88. Citations needed
Symphonie fantastique Citations needed Symbol confirmed.svgI've gone through it, copy-editing where possible. Schumann's text needs accessing to source quite a few quotations. There's a WMF book that seems to lead to a blank on google books (see bottom of Movement 5 section). Tony (talk) 03:48, 13 October 2012 (UTC)
Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio #93. Needs developing
À Chloris #92. Needs an article. Currently redirect from List of compositions by Reynaldo Hahn
Le carnaval romain #86. Only a component of Overtures by Hector Berlioz. Could be its own article?
Symphonic Variations (Franck) #84. Improvement needed Symbol confirmed.svg Copyedited
Concertino for flute and orchestra (Chaminade) #85. Op. 107. Originally redirected to Cécile Chaminade Needed its own article More refs would be good. Symbol confirmed.svg Stub created. (talk)
Violin Concerto No. 3 (Saint-Saëns) #95. Needs developing from stub.
Christopher Lawrence One of the presenters of the countdown. Symbol confirmed.svg Added to disambig. page. New bio article launched. (talk) 04:03, 13 October 2012 (UTC)

 Question: Problem raised by me at the talk page.. John Vandenberg (chat) 10:14, 15 October 2012 (UTC)

Petite Suite (Debussy) #99. Symbol confirmed.svg Graham87

Created Auguste Durand (DYK length) I think we can expand Petite Suite (Debussy) to DYK length using info on de:Petite_suite. user:John Vandenberg.

Les baricades mistérieuses #76. Currently a redirect, but using this source, perhaps a stub could be made? Symbol confirmed.svg Launched :-) Wittylama
Template:ABC Classic FM Create template & use, equivalent to Template:Triple J. Closest current is Template:ABC Radio and Regional Content Symbol confirmed.svg Starting. Hohohob (talk). I'm propagating it. Wittylama 04:30, 13 October 2012 (UTC)
Sicilienne (Fauré) Op.78. #74. Only a redirect. perhaps stub could be created? Symbol confirmed.svg Stub created. (talk) 08:51, 13 October 2012 (UTC)
List of compositions by Charles Gounod Citations needed Symbol confirmed.svg somewhat done. Wittylama 03:33, 13 October 2012 (UTC)
Saint Cecilia (disambiguation) Add Gounod's St Cecilia Mass Symbol (talk)
Messe solonelle a Sainte Cécile #73. Article needed. Redirects to List of compositions by Charles Gounod
List of compositions by François-Adrien Boieldieu List Article needed to link to #71, and/or article Harp Concerto (Boieldieu) Symbol confirmed.svg Established by dumping list from fr:François-Adrien Boieldieu. Needs work. Hohohob (talk)
List of compositions for harp An orphan article Symbol confirmed.svg Added François-Adrien Boieldieu, Harp Concerto (Ginastera), Harp Concerto (Glière), Concierto serenata, Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra (Mozart) to list of harp compositions. Removed hatnote. (talk) 05:35, 13 October 2012 (UTC)
Arabesques (Debussy) Citations and references needed Symbol confirmed.svg Done. Increased citations from 1 to 9. Arabesques (Debussy)#In_popular_culture section complete, could use more in rest of article, particularly Arabesques (Debussy)#The_arabesques section Ennegma (talk)
Boléro "Legacy" section needs citations
Les Indes galantes #65. "Performance history" section needs citations
Concerto Symphonique No 4 (Litolff) #64. Article needed. Currently redirects to List of compositions by Henry Charles Litolff
Gaîté parisienne #60. References to/from Can-can need sorting and adding to "See also"
String Quartet (Debussy) #56. Needs developing.
Doctor Zhivago (film) #58. Add information about the music to the article.
Lawrence of Arabia (film) #59. The music section could be broken out and developed into its own article.
Shéhérazade (Ravel) #54. Only a stub. Needs developing.
Le tombeau de Couperin #50. Needs citations for Ravel quotes. Symbol confirmed.svg Had to remove a section for copyvio unfortunately. Wittylama
Harold en Italie #45. Citations needed.
François Lesure No article on the man himself. There are references to him all over the encyclopaedia. Needs his own article?
Children's Corner #45. Citations needed. Symbol confirmed.svg added two journal articles and a thesis. Wittylama
Giselle #38. Performance history needs citations.
Samson and Delilah (opera) #29. Symbol confirmed.svg Image of singer (1905)added.
Orpheus in the Underworld #34. Citations needed.
Marin Marais Citations needed.
Sonnerie de Ste-Geneviève du Mont-de-Paris #47. Citations needed.
Turangalîla-Symphonie #51. Symbol confirmed.svg Reference added about Bernstein's conducting the premiere. (talk) 04:33, 13 October 2012 (UTC)
fr:ABC Classic FM Expansion Symbol confirmed.svg Stub created. John Vandenberg
fr:Classic 100 Music of France (ABC) Expansion of introduction Symbol confirmed.svg Created and translated. John Vandenberg. Symbol confirmed.svg Table completed by GFHandel. Symbol confirmed.svg Introduction translated by Arsendis
id:Classic 100 Music of France (ABC) Expansion of introduction
Symbol confirmed.svg Created and mostly translated. John Vandenberg
Mairi Nicolson presenter

Broadcast schedule[edit]

The ABC's Classic 100 broadcast schedule is included here, with the edit-a-thon at the Library highlighted in red.
Live stream of ABC Classic FM is available via

Day Date Hour
09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
1 Monday 8 Oct 09:00–12:00
Christopher Lawrence
Guy Noble
2 Tuesday 9 Oct 09:00–12:00
Mairi Nicolson
Marian Arnold
3 Wednesday 10 Oct 9:00–12:00
Christopher Lawrence
Julian Day
4 Thursday 11 Oct 09:00–12:00
Julian Day and Emma Ayres
Christopher Lawrence
5 Friday 12 Oct 09:00–12:00
Stephen Snelleman au lieu de Mairi Nicolson
Julie Howard and guest Roy Howat
6 Saturday 13 Oct 09:00–13:00
Marian Arnold
Mairi Nicolson and Christopher Lawrence
7 Sunday 14 Oct 09:00–12:00
Marian Arnold
Mairi Nicolson and Christopher Lawrence