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Greetings from California.

Hi, I'm a newly minted admin here on Wikisource, also an editor on English Wikipedia and an administrator on Wikimedia Commons. I upload material at Wikisource mostly in connection with media restoration.

For other editors who are interested in uploading music, I've put together a handy sheet music loading guide.

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. Part of this ties in with Wikisource as a hosting location for musical scores.

A bust of Beethoven taken from his death mask.
Manuscript notes for Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 28.
I. Etwas lebhaft, und mit der innigsten Empfindung (help | file info or download)
II. Lebhaft. Marschmäßig (help | file info or download)
III. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll and IV. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossenheit (help | file info or download)

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, and Carlos Gardel. We'd like to do as many as possible and welcome international material.


Irving Berlin songs[edit]

Irving Berlin in 1948.

One of the ways to grow Wikisource's readership and volunteer base is to become a centralized resource for music and spoken audio. The Internet has plenty of lyrics sites already; what could set Wikisource apart is to supplement text with scores, recordings, or manuscript reproductions. One of the potential synergies between projects is that a lot of this material has the potential to run on Wikipedia's main page in the "Did you know?" section. So with a newly created template that tells which specific media Wikisource hosts for a subject, Wikipedia readers have more reason to visit here.

I Want to Go Back to Michigan, recorded 1914 by Billy Murray (help | file info or download)

With sheet music[edit]

Lyrics only[edit]

James Scott songs[edit]

James Scott
Frog Legs Rag (help | file info or download)

James Scott was one of the foremost ragtime composers.

Title Year Notes Cover page
A Summer Breeze - March and Two-Step 1903
Fascinator 1903
On the Pike (A Rag-Time Two-Step) 1904
Frog Legs Rag 1906
Kansas City Rag 1907
Grace and Beauty 1909
Great Scott Rag 1909
Ragtime Betty 1909
Sunburst Rag 1909
Valse Venice 1909
Hearts Longing 1909
She's My Girl from Anaconda 1909 Lyrics by C. R. Dumars
Sweetheart Time 1909 Lyrics by C. R. Dumars
Hilarity Rag 1910
Ophelia Rag 1910
Princess Rag 1911
Quality 1911
Ragtime Oriole 1911
Climax Rag 1914
Suffragette 1914
Take Me Out To Lakeside 1914 Lyrics by Ida Miller
Evergreen Rag 1915
Honey Moon Rag 1916
Prosperity Rag 1916
Efficiency Rag 1917
Paramount Rag 1917
Dixie Dimples 1918
Rag Sentimental 1918
Springtime of Love 1918
New Era Rag 1919
Peace and Plenty Rag 1919
Troubadour Rag 1919
Modesty Rag 1920
Pegasus (rag) 1920
Shimmie Shake 1920 Lyrics by Cleota Wilson
Don't Jazz Me Rag 1921
Victory Rag 1921
Broadway Rag 1922
Calliope Rag 1966 published posthumously

Carlos Gardel[edit]

Carlos Gardel was a leading figure in the history of tango.

Scott Joplin[edit]

Scott Joplin in 1907.

Scott Joplin was the most famous ragtime composer.

Maple Leaf Rag (help | file info or download)

Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake[edit]

Noble Sissle in 1951.
I'm Just Wild About Harry (help | file info or download)

Richard A. Whiting, Raymond B. Egan, Gus Kahn[edit]

Listen to this text (help | file info or download)

Antonín Dvořák[edit]

Antonín Dvořák
Ten Biblical songs (Czech: Biblické Písně), Op. 99 (help | file info or download)

Joseph Lamb[edit]

Joseph Lamb, c. 1915.

John Philip Sousa[edit]

John Philip Sousa, 1900.
John Philip Sousa's band playing "Stars and Stripes Forever" (help | file info or download)

George M. Cohan[edit]

George M. Cohan, 1933.
[[File:|start=|end=|noicon]] Over There, recorded 1918 by Enrico Caruso (help | file info or download)

Stephen Foster[edit]

Benjamin Franklin's Silence Dogood letters[edit]

Other contributions[edit]

A related project has been to U.S. Presidential speeches. Thanks to U.S. Government public domain, we're able to host these. Wikisource could grow into an excellent resource for this type of material, because most of it in its existing form is scattered across various presidential libraries and other websites under a variety of formats and site architectures.