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A man looks with pride at his woodpile.
Thoreau, Walden
Erudition, n. Dust shaken out of a book into an empty skull.
Ambrose Bierce, Devil's Dictionary
Do your work, with mastery.
386 XXVI, Dhammapada

Stuff I've done, interspersed with scurrilous POV commentary which I can't put anywhere else.

A long time ago I used to write stubs. No longer. If I can't write a reasonably complete article, a complete short summary, or at the very least a solid informative paragraph, I won't write it. Random paging is what did it for me: clicking "random page" has become almost useless, as often four or five pages in a row are articles with maybe one line of text and an infobox. It's embarrassing.

New articles[edit]

Articles I have written from scratch. Some of these I have begun from a substub, or completely rewritten from content someone pillaged from one of the public domain resources (such as the Catholic Encyclopedia, or the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica)

Inverse chronological order. As I write new ones, I add them to the top:

  1. Honor Rancho Oil Field. Also used by SoCalGas as a natural gas storage reservoir, although this one isn't leaking. Yet.
  2. Aliso Canyon Oil Field. Used by SoCalGas as a gas storage reservoir, and site of the largest well blowout since Bellevue in 1998, spraying oil goo and stink all over the northern San Fernando Valley.
  3. La Goleta Gas Field. Because it's there, and no one else will write it.
  4. Inglewood Oil Field. First article of 2016. My first new article in almost three years. (!!) Had some time.
  5. Linn Energy. I wonder how many >$10 billion companies do not have articles yet. Anyway, one less now.
  6. Santa Clara Avenue Oil Field. Small and relatively recently discovered. Like many in the coastal zone it has a small environmental footprint. All production comes from two enclosed, set-back drilling islands.
  7. Cat Canyon Oil Field. In case you ever wondered where asphalt comes from.
  8. Lambert Courtois. Small article on a minor composer who directed the Accademia Filarmonica briefly.
  9. Accademia Filarmonica di Verona. First of the many Renaissance academies in Italy devoted to music.
  10. David Sacerdote, the earliest known Jewish composer of polyphonic music, although nothing survives complete. Tiny article; that's all that's known.
  11. Ippolito Baccusi. Thanks Gerda for the redlink! Second article of 2012.
  12. Girolamo Scotto. First article of 2012. The great Venetian publisher in the middle of the 16th century, along with Gardano. Question -- separate article for the firm -- or just do four articles for the four Scottos?
  13. Tomasz Szadek Another tiny article based on the limited information available. Late Renaissance Polish composer. Just a few works survive.
  14. Conradus de Pistoria. Italian ars subtilior composer. Yet another small article to save a one-line stub. Not much known about this one: only two ballades survive.
  15. Matheus de Sancto Johanne. French ars subtilior. Another tiny article to save a one-line stublet from speedy delete.
  16. Sebastian z Felsztyna. Early Polish composer Another tiny article to be expanded.
  17. Mikołaj z Chrzanowa. Barely worth mentioning; to save a non-article from speedy delete. Obscure even in his native land, with no article in the New Grove, but yet one of the earliest composers in Poland with any surviving music.
  18. Zaca Oil Field. Central Santa Barbara County.
  19. Los Angeles City Oil Field. A colorful place in the 1890s. I doubt if many of the people who live in Westlake, or who go to Dodger Stadium, have any clue what the area looked like a hundred years ago.
  20. Edison Oil Field, in Kern County, where J. Paul Getty made part of his fortune. Current residents are poorer than dirt and breathe the worst air (I can cite this) in the entire United States.
  21. Nikolai Obukhov. Crazy Russian who wrote music in his own blood. That was hard, but fun to research; thanks to JackofOz for helping translate a Russian source. My first music article since... don't look.
  22. Espada Formation. Completes the main stratigraphic sequence for southern Santa Barbara County; 16,000 feet of Cretaceous sediments. My first article of 2011.
  23. Jalama Formation. Just a couple more to go for a complete stratigraphic sequence in southwestern California.
  24. Juncal Formation. Shales and sandstones; it makes up most of the scenic and famous mountain ridge behind Montecito.
  25. Matilija Sandstone. The huge dramatic sandstone boulders on top of the mountains where I live; probably one of the most often-photographed rock formations on the West Coast, but that's original research.
  26. Coldwater Sandstone. One of the two prominent sculpted-sandstone rock units in the mountains behind my town.
  27. Cozy Dell Shale. The crumbly stuff that all hikers/mountain bikers know and curse on the local trails.
  28. Rincon Formation. Where all the radon gas comes from, and a lot of the landslides in the foothills, around my town.
  29. Sisquoc Formation. Prominent rock unit on the coastal bluffs around where I live. The white crumbly planar stuff; it's slippery to climb on.
  30. Mountain View Oil Field. Strange, chaotic place. More than 20 separate operators so there's no coordination. Right in the center of the worst air quality in the United States, too.
  31. Rio Vista Gas Field. Largest in California; under the Delta. Where the Bay Area gets its gas.
  32. Vaqueros Formation. Rock formations. Why not? Going up, for now, then I'll go down until I hit the Franciscan. It's easier than with a drill bit.
  33. Sespe Formation. If you live near the coast in Southern California, you know it, though you may not know its name. Absolutely the best-looking boulders for yard landscaping around.
  34. Mesa Oil Field. And I know exactly whose houses are built on top of old oil wells. Won't tell.
  35. Carpinteria Offshore Oil Field. The three huge platforms you see from the 101 driving between Ventura and SB.
  36. 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. Timely, I hope. Déjà vu. I think this is the longest article I have written (almost) completely from scratch. Still could use a bit from Sollen, and maybe a paragraph on the bird-washing methods.
  37. Guijarral Hills Oil Field. Happened by, took some pictures, wrote article.
  38. Semitropic Oil Field. Because it's there. I'll take some pictures next time I'm up that way.
  39. Russell Ranch Oil Field. Because it's there. Hard to photograph this one without getting arrested for trespassing, but hey, nothing's off limits for free content, right?
  40. South Mountain Oil Field. Basically that whole big mountain south of Santa Paula. It's poked full of holes.
  41. Saticoy Oil Field. Still doing some of the industrial infrastructure stuff; it's still fun. Who knows why. Learning something new, I guess. Some day I'll get back to music.
  42. Oxnard Oil Field Next to the broccoli.
  43. West Montalvo Oil Field In and around the parks.
  44. San Miguelito Oil Field. Filling in the ones I've missed.
  45. Brea-Olinda Oil Field. Biggest in the LA Basin inland, and the earliest to be discovered (1880).
  46. Orcutt Oil Field. "Old Maud" was the well, but she may have had another identity as well. Look, they were oilfield workers, not celibate monastics.
  47. Lompoc Oil Field. Just the second one to be discovered north of Santa Barbara in the coastal region. I think this is article No. 600.
  48. Plains Exploration & Production. First of 2010. Need to get back to music soon.
  49. Dos Cuadras Offshore Oil Field. Where the big spill came from. In the last few minutes of 2009.
  50. Goose Creek Oil Field. It's harder to write the ones in Texas -- I'm not there to take pictures and have to do research mostly on the internet (I still prefer books, incredibly). The collapse of the ground over this giant field caused the only earthquake ever felt by humans in Houston, Texas.
  51. Rincon Oil Field. The one you drive through between Ventura and Santa Barbara, though most people ignore it, looking either at the road or the ocean.
  52. Long Beach Oil Field. Most productive field in the world in the 1920s, and on a per-acre basis, maybe ever. (Not sure enough about that superlative claim to put it in, in spite of one "reliable source" saying so.)
  53. Salt Lake Oil Field. Where the La Brea Tar Pits come from, oozing up along the 6th Street Fault which surfaces at Hancock Park. Didn't know that, did ya? There's still a batch of LA basin fields to do.
  54. Summerland Oil Field. Location of the world's first offshore oil wells. There's a competing but unverifiable claim from Azerbaijan, but that's in the Caspian Sea, not in the ocean anyway.
  55. Ventura Oil Field. Cleverly hidden from view, mostly.
  56. Ippolito Chamaterò. Both a madrigalist and a post-Tridentine sacred composer in northern Italy. Anyone need a doctoral dissertation topic? Wide open. The cool thing with this one is you'd get to spend time in about eight different Italian cities.
  57. Domenico Ferrabosco. Bolognese; contemporary of Palestrina and Cipriano de Rore.
  58. Nicolao Dorati. From Lucca, but not as famous as Puccini. Madrigalist and trombone player, but unlike Tromboncino, is not known to have murdered his wife.
  59. Stefano Venturi del Nibbio Rather obscure composer who happened to have a collaborative role in one of the first operas ever composed. Not much known about him, really.
  60. Giacomo Fogliano. Large oil field in ... oh, wait. Wrong topic. Italian composer of frottole/frottolas, madrigals, ricercars. Unexciting.
  61. Beverly Hills Oil Field. My first of a possible series of articles on a topic which, incredibly, has no coverage on Wikipedia. Los Angeles is the largest city in the world to be built on active oil fields, and they are a critical part of its history.
  62. Spraberry Trend. Third-largest oil field in the U.S. by reserve (though the DOE seems to have grouped several fields). In and around Midland, Texas.
  63. Greka Energy. Did my level best to be NPOV. That ought to get some hits.
  64. Alfonso dalla Viola. The most important musician in Ferrara before Cipriano de Rore, but history hasn't been fair to him since. He actually did some innovative things in his music, and unlike some of the more progressive musicians and arts patrons, did not murder his wife.
  65. Mattio Rampollini. Quickie on a Florentine colleague of Corteccia.
  66. Pierre Vermont. Quickie on a minor French composer of the 1520s. Have to do some writing again; good grief.
  67. North Belridge Oil Field. It's that sulfurous smell on the 33 you notice as you drive by (or that might be the ceiling vents of hell). Just a leg stretch from where James Dean left our vale of tears.
  68. Yates Oil Field. Where global warming comes from. The Comanches tried and failed to keep us off. -- Maybe do a musician next.
  69. Giaches de Wert. Extremely important 16th century composer. Rewrote the whole thing from scratch.
  70. Ignazio Pollice. Sicilian composer, late 17th century. Obscure one. By request. My first article of 2009.
  71. Sebastiano Festa. Minor madrigalist, but one of the very first.
  72. Madrigal. While I did not start the article, I've basically rewritten the whole thing and expanded it hugely. Important one: it gets a lot of page views.
  73. Pietro Gnocchi. Italian Baroque composer. His claim to fame is in the "spoof" article in the New Grove, and I paraphrase: with composers as strange as this, there is no need to write spoof articles. See also Pietro Raimondi, who is even stranger.
  74. Ellwood Oil Field. It's the thing the Japanese were shooting at in 1942, the first direct attack on the U.S. mainland by an enemy power since the War of 1812.
  75. Round Mountain Oil Field. Big oil field in the Sierra foothills.
  76. Jack Powers. Infamous and charismatic highwayman, gambler, and murderer, who defeated the sheriff and posse of 200 in Santa Barbara in 1853. He didn't defeat a jilted lover, though, and after murdering him they fed his body to a pen of starving hogs.
  77. History of Santa Barbara, California. At over 38,000 bytes and over 50 footnotes and lots of pictures this is the largest article I have ever put up completely from scratch. I want a cookie.
  78. Girolamo Conversi. Minor but interesting madrigalist, likely active in Naples or elsewhere in the Kingdom of, in the 1570s.
  79. Fruitvale Oil Field. Right underneath the city of Bakersfield, California.
  80. Francesco Portinaro. That was surprisingly difficult. Important and neglected composer in the 1550s-1570s, in the academies in Padua and elsewhere. These places were where music and drama and humanistic thought really started to come together.
  81. Cuyama Valley. Surprised it had no article yet, but probably not many people in New Cuyama read Wikipedia, let alone edit. Sparsely populated, odd, but rather beautiful place that few visit. The speed trap is a mile either side of New Cuyama: you were warned.
  82. South Cuyama Oil Field. Because it's there. Maybe do a composer next. That's fifteen oil fields now. Could probably do a hundred more using the same sources.
  83. Kern Front Oil Field. Another large San Joaquin Valley oil field. This hideous place got a coveted "clean field" award. I had to trespass to take the picture.
  84. McKittrick Oil Field. Sometime in the Pleistocene, 1.8 million years ago to 10,000 years ago (more likely towards the older extreme), three cubic miles of rock slid off the Temblor Range and covered this thing. That must have been one hell of a dramatic landslide to watch -- from a distance. Related to the adjacent San Andreas Fault? Maybe? And you think some current earthquakes were big?
  85. Mount Poso Oil Field. Haven't been able to photograph this one yet. Big oil field in the Sierra foothills.
  86. East Texas Oil Field. A replacement for a copyvio that went unnoticed for more than two years. The largest oil field in the lower 48. I need to make a map, but good GIS data for Texas oil fields is proving elusive, and I can't take my usual pictures because this one is out of day trip range.
  87. Francesco Rovigo. Minor composer at Mantua alongside Pallavicino, de Wert, Striggio, Monteverdi, etc. Just filling in redlinks.
  88. Benedetto Pallavicino. Cremonese/Mantuan madrigalist of the late 16th century, and a fierce competitor of Monteverdi. That he had no article on Wikipedia until 2008 should tell you which of the two history has preferred.
  89. Kettleman North Dome Oil Field. Now mostly bare ground, sagebrush, dust and wind, but once the most productive oil field in the United States. So much oil was removed from under these hills that the collapse of the earth into the vacated space caused an earthquake of magnitude 6 on the Richter Scale.
  90. Giovanni Priuli. Contemporary of Monteverdi; Venetian who eventually went to Austria, where the money and appreciation were better.
  91. Giulio Fiesco. Moderately obscure Ferrarese madrigalist, the first to set Guarini to music -- and not the last.
  92. San Ardo Oil Field. Because it's there.
  93. Lost Hills Oil Field. Maybe because my oil field articles get ten times the page views of my Renaissance composer ones. So it goes. Trillions of microorganisms, twenty million years ago, gave their lives so you can drive your SUV.
  94. Cymric Oil Field. Crude oil looks like vegemite, only tastes better.
  95. Buena Vista Oil Field. Another one of these. A fair amount is abandoned; old well pads are now big scars between areas where scrub is trying to grow back. This is by far the most ironically-named range of hills in California.
  96. Coalinga Oil Field It's big and ugly, but I've been writing about earth sciences topics for a while. Why? Who knows. Like all writing on Wikipedia, it's fun. No one understands. Well, except maybe you.
  97. Elk Hills Oil Field It's big, it's ugly, and it sank the administration of Warren G. Harding; the trillion cubic feet of methane underground was nothing compared to what offgassed in Washington as a consequence.
  98. South Belridge Oil Field It's big, it's ugly, and it's weirdly beautiful.
  99. Kern River Oil Field. Saw it from above and decided to write about it. That's the way it goes.
  100. Midway-Sunset Oil Field. Here's something new to write about: what the heck.
  101. Wikipedia:Ignore all dramas. A commentary, and a bit of advice for contributors who want to remain productive, especially if they have been here for a while. I list it since it's in project space.
  102. Simon Boyleau. A Frenchman working in Milan and Turin; mainly a madrigalist.
  103. Pietro Taglia. Milan; madrigalist
  104. Penn West Energy Trust. From Renaissance composers to Canadian oil companies. Both have their highs and lows, and contribute to global warming in their own ways. (Huh, you say? You ever drive three hundred miles to hear the Tallis Scholars?)
  105. Gioseppe Caimo. Important but neglected madrigalist from Milan. Trying to do one article per day this week, but missed a day.
  106. Antonino Barges Another minor madrigalist at Treviso and Venice, referenced in Einstein.
  107. Ippolito Ciera Minor madrigalist and composer of sacred music, at Treviso and later at Venice.
  108. Perissone Cambio Madrigalist at Venice, with Willaert; originally from the Netherlands region
  109. Hoste da Reggio Madrigalist at Milan, mid-century (1550s), during that most interesting time.
  110. Johannes Legrant Minor composer at the time of the formation of the Burgundian School. No one has really studied him in depth yet.
  111. BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust Actually I don't wear a 10-gallon hat and cowboy boots, but you wouldn't know it from some of what I'm writing about.
  112. Julien Perrichon. French lutenist of the late 16th century, contemporary with Claude Le Jeune.
  113. Pengrowth Energy Trust. A "Canroy".
  114. Harvest Energy Trust. Another one; banging out a few of these using the easily available reliable sources.
  115. Noel Bauldeweyn. Franco-Flemish composer, contemporary of Josquin. Pretty good one; unfortunately neglected.
  116. Permian Basin Royalty Trust. No, it's not an Italian Renaissance composer. Next time you fill up your SUV think of me.
  117. Giovanni Ferretti. Composer of the lighter kind of madrigals, really canzoni napolitane, so influential on the English style.
  118. Maistre Jhan. French composer working in Ferrara; an early composer of madrigals. I doubt many people have his music on their iPods, but in 1530 people still used archaic methods of sound production, like singing. My first article of 2008.
  119. Jacquet de Berchem Franco-Flemish composer in Italy; a prolific composer of madrigals between 1540 and just after 1560. My first article in four months.
  120. Pierre Passereau. Cluck cluck go the henpeckers, with lots of obscenity to keep one entertained. French chanson composer of the 1530s.
  121. Jheronimus Vinders. Minor member of the Gombert generation. If you play Civilization IV, you've heard his music. I can't believe I even added that to the article, but hey.
  122. Philippe Rogier, very late Franco-Flemish composer, director of the musical chapel of Philip II in the late 1580s and early 1590s
  123. Géry de Ghersem‎, Franco-Flemish composer active in Spain, one of the last of the age
  124. Nicolas Payen, another Habsburg composer, mid-16th century, representative of musica reservata.
  125. Cornelius Canis, underrated composer of the mid-16th century, the music director in the chapel of Charles V, after Gombert got sent to the galleys. Canis was more virtuous, but not quite as talented.
  126. Jan Nasco Franco-Flemish composer working in northern Italy, mid-16th century, mainly known for his madrigal cycles
  127. Missa prolationum. Glorious, incredible, jaw-dropping wonder of counterpoint, dating from the 1460s, or so. Ockeghem.
  128. Trent Codices. Largest single music manuscript source of the 15th century. Could say "from Europe" but there aren't any bigger ones anywhere else.
  129. Pierre Clereau French provincial composer of the mid 16th century; this one from Lorraine.
  130. Pierre Cadéac French provincial composer of the mid 16th century; famous but difficult to find details of his life. From Gascony.
  131. Dick Smith Wilderness. Another nearby wilderness area.
  132. San Rafael Wilderness. The first "Primitive Area" to be reclassified as wilderness after the passage of the 1964 Wilderness act (amazing it had no article yet). Needed to do something non-music.
  133. Benedictus Appenzeller Another of the second rank of composers of the Habsburg court.
  134. Nicolas Millot. Minor (relatively) composer of chansons in Paris around 1570. There's dozens more where this one came from. This stuff was popular, kids; it was the rap of the day.
  135. Nycasius de Clibano. Father of Jheronimus. Almost too short to list, but we're after completeness here, right?
  136. Arnold von Bruck. Article number 500!! Woo-hoo. Haven't really done the Germans yet: there are tons. Important early 16th-century composer in Habsburg Austria/Germany and elsewhere, of Franco-Flemish origin.
  137. Guillaume Costeley. First wrote it in March 2006, but I seem to have forgotten about it, and left it unfinished. Expanded section on music; now it's respectably complete, but could still use a works list.
  138. Jheronimus de Clibano, minor composer in the Grande chapelle of Philip the Handsome.
  139. Jehan Fresneau, minor composer at the Milanese chapel in the 1470s, one of the ones who got away on a safe pass after the Duke's assassination
  140. Colinet de Lannoy, another minor composer at the same Milan chapel, who also got away at the same time as Fresneau
  141. Jhan Gero; minor madrigal composer of the 1540s in the note nere style. A composer a day keeps boredom at bay. They say.
  142. George de La Hèle; fairly major composer, missed until now; the director of Philip II's chapel in the 1580s
  143. Hubert Naich; minor madrigalist, mainly active in Rome, 1540s.
  144. Corpus mensurabilis musicae (CMM). Wish I had one. And you thought the New Grove took up a lot of shelf space?
  145. Francesco Cellavenia. Minor composer from northwestern Italy, mid-16th century. Volume 80 of CMM.
  146. Guillaume Legrant. First article in a month: had to do something. Not much is known about this person, and only seven pieces survive. This is far as I can go without original research.
  147. Clement Liebert. Obscure Burgundian composer: his only remaining composition was destroyed in the Franco-Prussian War. Short article, but it's a weeknight.
  148. Stefano Rossetto Composed a 50-voice colossus for the Medici, but it's not as good as Striggio's and doesn't even come close to the one by Thomas Tallis.
  149. Missa sopra Ecco sì beato giorno‎, with 60 independent contrapuntal voices the largest polyphonic composition ever written, at least until the 20th century. Only Biber's strange Missa salsburgiensis comes close.
  150. Francesco Corteccia. The court composer to Cosimo de' Medici, second only in opulence to Striggio. The artists and architects and Machiavellis get all the attention, but at the time they cared about music. It's true, they did. Read what they wrote at the time; it's perfectly clear. It's only in our modern age that knowledge of the music of the Renaissance is restricted to a group of geeky academics.
  151. Johannes de Quadris Rare Italian composer of polyphony of the middle 15th century, active at San Marco (maybe the first polyphonist there).
  152. Antonius Janue. Another Italian composer of polyphony of the middle 15th century. The curiosity here is that we have a manuscript, showing his work-in-progress, in his own hand. Can't think of any others of the same time.
  153. Nicolas Champion. Another singer of the Habsburg court, and a pretty good composer.
  154. Gilles Reingot. Another of the singers of the Habsburg court, this one remained with Joanna the Mad as she had them sing every night to the disinterred, and likely uncoffined, corpse of her dead husband. He was able to stand it for almost three years before he went back to ?Burgundy.
  155. Marbrianus de Orto. Contemporary of Josquin, singer in the papal choir. He fled Spain when singing requiems every night to the uncoffined corpse of Philip the Fair got to be too weird for him. When in Rome he praised Alexander VI, but it is not known what he said when he was back home in Brabant and it was safe to talk.
  156. Missa Sine nomine: the generality. Lots of composers wrote these. No, they were not attempts to hide nasty secular songs they weren't supposed to.
  157. Missa Sine nomine (Josquin) Possibly Josquin's second-to-last mass, written around 1510 (?). Freely composed, almost all in canon.
  158. Abertijne Malcort Quick stubby, about all known on this one, probable composer of Malheur me bat. Filling in Josquin's redlinks.
  159. Missa de Beata Virgine. Late paraphrase mass by Josquin des Prez.
  160. Missa L'homme armé. Just a huge disambig page for now: maybe turn it into an actual article.
  161. Missa L'homme armé super voces musicales, by Josquin des Prez. Fairly early mass, and probably his most famous.
  162. Missa Pange lingua by Josquin des Prez. His most brilliant and probably last mass, an amazing contrapuntal fantasia on the hymn, unlike anything anyone had written before, but which was hugely influential on the later Netherlanders.
  163. The Requiem by Ockeghem, the oldest setting of the Requiem for multiple voices to survive.
  164. Michelagnolo Galilei Younger brother of Galileo; lutenist and composer.
  165. Petrus de Domarto Minor contemporary of Ockeghem.
  166. Reginaldus Libert Minor Burgundian composer. Almost through with the big list.
  167. Johannes Tapissier, one of the first of the Burgundian School, and he even overlapped with the Avignon guys.
  168. Pierre Fontaine, another fine early 15th century composer, this one of entirely secular music. He worked for Philip the Bold, John the Fearless, and Philip the Good, but fortunately died before the reign of Joe the Tone-Deaf.
  169. Estienne Grossin, a French composer of the early 15th century, that obscure time no one likes to try to classify. He wrote something that really wants to be a cyclic mass, but isn't quite.
  170. Missa Caput, the anonymous one. If I ever write article on the Obrecht and Ockeghem, then disambig (Missa Caput (Obrecht)) the others. Crush that serpent.
  171. Andrea Antico. First of 2007. Starting on the printers after Petrucci.
  172. Missa La sol fa re mi Gorgeous, stunning, impossibly tightly organised masterpiece by Josquin des Prez. The motivic permutations, transformations and playfulness are more reminiscent of the Second Viennese School than most compositions in the 16th century. Less dissonant though.
  173. Antonius Divitis. Another contemporary of Josquin. One at a time, chipping away.
  174. Josquin des Prez. Completely rewritten from the version copied from the 1908 Catholic Encyclopedia.
  175. Jean Braconnier. Contemporary of Josquin. Doing them all, dammit, no reason why we should leave any out. Britannica's coverage of this period is miserable, and ours will be better in all ways. Nyah.
  176. Antoine de Longueval. Contemporary of Josquin. His home was destroyed in the First Battle of the Somme in 1916. Four hundred years before that, he probably wrote the first influential polyphonic musical setting of the Passion and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace, on the same spot torn to clods by artillery shells. So it goes.
  177. Motet-chanson. Specialised form of the Sforza chapel in Milan, developed in the 1470s/1480s. Josquin, Compère, Agricola, others.
  178. The Odhecaton, the first collection of music ever to be printed.
  179. Johannes Ghiselin (Verbonnet) "He brought Josquin des Prez with him from Paris, arriving in Ferrara in a splendid carriage." Reminds me of the times I have picked up famous composers at the airport. Yup, it's the same thing. Ghiselin actually wasn't a bad composer, but he's completely overshadowed by his contemporaries.
  180. Miserere by Josquin des Prez. Profound and humbling, and hugely influential in music of the next hundred years. Probably written for Holy Week Tenebrae service in 1504 in Ferrara, and was probably sung by Duke Ercole d'Este himself.
  181. Cyclic mass. Prior to really rewriting the Mass article, which I may have to do next.
  182. Paraphrase mass. Starting in on the types of mass composition; need to do it before finishing Josquin, which ought to be soon.
  183. Infelix ego, the great and moving meditation on the Miserere by Girolamo Savonarola, composed with only his right hand (the only part of his body remaining undamaged, after his torture on the rack), the day before he was burned at the stake in 1498. Extremely influential in music history.
  184. Lupus Hellinck (Lupi and Lupus are what Reese, in one of his extremely rare moments of humor, calls the "wolf pack"). Lupus wrote a setting of In te domine speravi inspired by the prison writings of Savonarola, a reform-minded, puritanical religious fanatic useful to study on this fifth anniversary of 9/11. While one can see something heroic in Savonarola's actions, and worthy of compassion in his appalling suffering in prison and his final grisly martyrdom, he and Osama are cut from the same cloth, though the weave differs somewhat in the 500 years separating them. Some of the finest musicians of the age venerated the fire-eyed monk, and their music written secretly in his praise today gets played as background music to new-age shows, or anthologized in "Devotions by Candlelight" sets. What would he ever have thought. Yet this is interesting stuff.
  185. Massimo Troiano Musician under Lassus; described the Munich court in detail, but ran off after killing one of his co-workers. It wasn't legal in those days, just easier to get away with.
  186. Mount Pinos Highest peak in Ventura County and the Transverse Ranges; just visited it a couple days ago. Two non-music articles in a row.
  187. Chumash Wilderness Place I just visited and photographed; frankly I'm a little shocked there are so many redlinks remaining for US wilderness areas. Maybe most Wikipedians are sedentary.
  188. Joachim Thibault de Courville, French composer, founder of musique mesurée with Baïf
  189. Musique mesurée, which sounds so utterly fresh after more than four hundred years, because of those delightful irregular meters.
  190. Eustache Du Caurroy, late 16th century French composer, appreciated by Marin Mersenne and a couple French kings, but probably not by reality show contestants, hip-hop-shop bin-divers, or Wikipedia vandals.
  191. Firminus Caron, interesting, if rather minor, composer of the mid-15th century
  192. Gilles Mureau, another composer listed in Heaven by Eloy d'Amerval: haven't done the ones in the Other Place yet
  193. Johannes Fedé, one of the ones in Heaven (see next item)
  194. Eloy d'Amerval: listed all the composers in Heaven. The famous composers that didn't make his list, well, hell.
  195. Rinaldo del Mel, Roman School member from Flanders, even though he didn't spend all his life in Rome
  196. Annibale Zoilo, another Roman School composer of the late 16th century: can't figure out why he left Rome for positions in the provinces, after working at St. John Lateran: who did he piss off?
  197. Giovanni Dragoni, minor member of the Roman School, about time I'm writing articles again
  198. Ghiselin Danckerts, reactionary theorist in the Sistine Chapel choir, dismissed for being "much given to women and excessively rich" (1565).
  199. Firmin Lebel, probable teacher of Palestrina, Rome, around 1540-1543
  200. Girolamo Belli, Italian madrigalist, somewhat younger than Luzzaschi and studied with him; spent some time with that group of aristocratic nuts in Ferrara.
  201. Richard Hygons English composer represented in the Eton Choirbook by that incredible Salve Regina.
  202. Cello Suites (Britten) -- was a request at the top of Recent Changes; just a stub for now.
  203. Thomas Lupo Composer of consort music, Jacobean era mainly.
  204. Symphony No. 4 (Sibelius) -- Ah, love this piece, but I'm notorious for liking "dark" things.
  205. Leonhard Kleber quickie on a German organist of the early 16th century. Not a lot is known except about his huge tablature.
  206. Johann Gottlieb Goldberg German virtuoso keyboard player and composer; J.S. Bach named his "Goldberg Variations" for him. Not quite happy with it yet; need to clarify what is not certain (if that isn't some kind of oxymoron)
  207. Antonius Romanus Another quattrocento composer; less of his music has survived than da Cividale's, but he may have been a greater influence on Dufay. Not known where or when the two met, or how they knew each other.
  208. Antonio da Cividale, starting on the quattrocento; this is a relatively obscure time for Italian music, until mid-century
  209. Claude Gervaise, French printer, editor and composer, mid 16th century
  210. Annibale Stabile, Roman school composer of the mid-to-late 16th century; died in Kraków. Lots of these guys went to Poland; it's one of the things they don't teach you in Music History.
  211. Johannes Matelart, Roman school, but Flemish, but not really, or sort-of. This is getting seriously obscure. Can't find any info on his style.
  212. Hubert Waelrant, Flemish composer, a generation senior to Pevernage and Verdonck
  213. Andreas Pevernage, another late 16th century Flemish composer, who stuck around in the Netherlands during all the massacres and other religious misbehavior that characterized that time and place. Not that that doesn't happen still.
  214. Cornelis Verdonck, late 16th century composer from Flanders. Wrote the only known motet composed for performance on the back of an elephant.
  215. Bartolomeo degli Organi Composer and organist to Lorenzo de Medici. Teacher of Machiavelli's son. It's a pet peeve of mine that so many people know the artists, writers, statesmen, mass murderers, and sex perverts of the period, but not the musicians.
  216. Bartolomeo da Bologna One of just a handful of Italian composers known to be active in the early 15th century, whose music has survived. A shadowy time for written music.
  217. Nicolaus Zacharie Composer from far southeast Italy, early quattrocento.
  218. Zacara da Teramo Prolific, mysterious, "Satanic" composer from around 1400. That was hard. Much research is still going on about this guy.
  219. Maestro Piero 14th century composer; only eight surviving pieces, rather shadowy figure, but probably the oldest named composer of whom polyphonic music survives from Italy. (Is that incautious? I can't think of any others.)
  220. Gilles Joye 15th century wild man. Not known for certain, but he probably wrote two masses based on O rosa belle, which happened to match "Rosabelle", the name of his favorite prostitute in Bruges.
  221. Diomedes Cato Italian composer, but really a Polish one, since he lived there from the age of about five; his father fled Italy to escape the Inquisition.
  222. Johannes Pullois yet another 15th century composer; this one didn't pass the Burgundian audition, so went to Rome instead.
  223. Alfonso Fontanelli Avant-garde madrigalist of the late 16th century; Ferrarese; like Gesualdo, he murdered his wife's lover--only unlike Gesualdo he spared his wife.
  224. Jacobus Barbireau Excellent composer of the late 15th century
  225. Nicolas de La Grotte another 16th century French composer
  226. Dominique Phinot Excellent 16th century composer; executed for homosexuality (Gombert they just sent to the galleys). First article of 2006.
  227. Antoine de Bertrand Microtonal composer, some of the time; otherwise a fine chanson composer killed by Protestants in Toulouse in 1581
  228. Jean l'Héritier; underrated 16th century French composer, mainly active in Italy.
  229. Gherardello da Firenze Another trecento composer. You'd think I'd know Italian by now, but no ...
  230. Music of the trecento Biggest article I have written in a while. Hard one; notoriously hard to explain to non-specialists. I probably should list recordings, and it would be great to have musical examples. Yet more to do.
  231. Rossi Codex Oldest source of Italian polyphonic secular music anywhere. And this stuff is secular indeed. Ironically enough, it's in the Vatican.
  232. Niccolò da Perugia, one of the fairly conservative composers of the 14th century. Probably he didn't drink as much as Landini and Andrea.
  233. Andrea da Firenze Underrated contemporary of Landini. These Italians: the drama, the lyricism, the pacing, you can hear Puccini coming 500 years away.
  234. The Ten Commandments (1923 film) And now for something completely different. The filming location, or the ruins thereof, is an active archaeological site, which is amusing. They're digging up fake pyramids and sphynxes as archaeological relics.
  235. Jacobus Vaet Splendid composer of the middle 16th century; not nearly well enough known. Wrote not only one of the early requiems, but a Missa quodlibetica.
  236. Lodovico Giustini The first person to write music for the piano.
  237. Giulio Cesare Martinengo Predecessor to Monteverdi at St. Mark's.
  238. Hora staccato; started it.
  239. Jacobus Vide early Burgundian composer; eight rondeaux survive
  240. Adrien Basin Burgundian composer, one of the three "chantre et valet de chambre" for Charles the Bold. (Already wrote the other two.)
  241. Pierre Alamire Now here was a character. Music copyist, composer, instrumentalist, mining engineer, merchant, diplomat, and spy. Actually he was a double agent. And if it weren't for him, we probably wouldn't even have half of the early 16th century music that we do.
  242. Claudin de Sermisy Ah, at last. Very famous French composer of the first half of the 16th century, and Rabelais evidently thought him as bawdy as he.
  243. Paul Hofhaimer Improviser. I can relate. Anyway, 'bout time I'm writing again.
  244. Vincenzo Capirola Lutenist of the early 16th century, probably the first composer to indicate dynamics in his music. Good God has it been more than a month since I've written a new article? Oy.
  245. Matthaeus Pipelare Minor, but interesting composer, exact contemporary of Josquin.
  246. Martin le Franc French poet of 15th century; partially translated from French wiki. The author of that famous phrase la contenance Angloise.
  247. Byttering English composer of the early 15th century; composed complicated canons when no one else was doing that. The musical Renaissance probably started with these guys, but it's hard to prove.
  248. Ercole I d'Este Duke Hercules of Ferrara, one of the most wonderful patrons in the history of music; his patronage was massively influential on the development of late Renaissance styles, and by extension, Baroque.
  249. Ninot le Petit Moulu listed him in the "top 20" composers around 1517. You probably won't find his music on your kid's iPod, but you never know.
  250. Philippe Basiron French composer, contemporary of Obrecht, Josquin; someone on the German wiki wrote an incredibly detailed article, and where they got their info God only knows. It's better than either Grove article. Part of this article is from there.
  251. Robert Morton Burgundian composer, really English; first setting of l'homme armé.
  252. Donato da Cascia Italian composer of mid 14th century; virtuoso singers required. Hadn't heard of him? You're in good company.
  253. William Brade English composer resident in Germany, one of the first known virtuoso violinists (and probably the first known English one). My article #300.
  254. Delphic Hymns The oldest notated music in the western world, except for a few small fragments which are rather ambiguous. This is the real thing: it's long, it's well worked-out, and it even has the name of the composer, Limenius. It's also the first article I've ever done with a real musical example (yay! new computer!).
  255. Presidio of Santa Barbara Second-oldest building in California. Kind of a neat place. I'll add more as soon as I can get my hands on the Walker Tompkins book on local history.
  256. Los Padres National Forest Though there was a stub there ... my first article in a while. Been busy in "real" life.
  257. The People United Will Never Be Defeated! Very great piece, and I sure do wish I could play it, damn it anyway. Curiously, it seems to have attracted a troll; wish I could figure that out. Comparing this piece with the Diabelli Variations is quite apt; not only was it composed deliberately as a complement to it, but it parallels it to some degree in structure and scope.
  258. Johannes Cesaris Burgundian/French composer of the first two decades of the 15th century. Lost in the "dark backward and abysm of time", but a lot of this stuff is gorgeous.
  259. Alejandro Planchart Venezuelan-American musicologist; expert on Dufay and early Renaissance music. The man who introduced me to this stuff. Seriously.
  260. Sandrin Chanson composer along with Sermisy and Janequin.
  261. Giovanni Picchi Minor but interesting composer of the late Venetian School, significant in the development of instrumental forms such as the sonata and canzona. I think this may be my first biographical article more comprehensive than the equivalent in Grove.
  262. John Currin American painter; just trying to rescue a wretched article (actually a copyvio) from the wrecking ball. That's fun sometimes.
  263. Johannes Regis Composer of the second half of the 15th century: worked with Dufay, and stayed in the Cambrai area for all his life
  264. Roy Henry English composer, minor one, but at the front of the sections in the Old Hall MS. Obviously he was King Henry--but which one? Who can tell? Current weight of evidence favors Henry V.
  265. Ludwig Senfl Pupil of Heinrich Isaac; extremely influential in development of polyphonic musical styles in Germany. (That's a pretty big deal in music history.) I'm finally starting to fill in some of the bigger missing names now.
  266. Clément Janequin Big one; can still be fatter. Most famous composer of Parisian chansons.
  267. Francesco de Layolle, native Italian polyphonic composer of the early 16th century; one of the first.
  268. Bartolino da Padova, Italian composer of the late trecento; another
  269. Paolo da Firenze, Italian composer of the late trecento; lived to at least 81 years; second most prolific composer of the era
  270. Lorenzo da Firenze, Italian composer of the trecento; probably Landini's teacher.
  271. Marc'Antonio Negri, minor composer and important assistant to Monteverdi
  272. Viola Concerto (Bartók), to save from being speedied; love this piece, by the way, and wish he could have finished it.
  273. Solage; famous for Fumeux Fume, the great send-up of opium smoking. No, not the 1960s, this was the 1380s. Or maybe a tad earlier.
  274. Squarcialupi Codex Gorgeous early 15th-century compilation of 14th century Italian music; the biggest source on Landini, whose article needs improving.
  275. Antonio Squarcialupi 15th century organist, owner of eponymous Squarcialupi Codex (ooh, gotta write that one) (Next day: I did)
  276. Tod und Verklärung Tone poem by Richard Strauss, rescued from the Speedy Axe. There isn't much there yet, but this could be a respectable article.
  277. Vaclav Nelhybel 20th century composer of music for student performers.
  278. Lagrime di San Pietro Stunningly beautiful masterpiece of the late Renaissance, indeed one of the most spectacular musical achievements of the age.
  279. Sierra Madre Mountains Remote and beautiful.
  280. Andreas Hammerschmidt German early to middle Baroque; I like this stuff. So there.
  281. Hope Ranch, California Somewhere I know kinda well.
  282. Claudio Saracini Italian monodist; actually influenced by music from the Balkans, if you can believe Grove (and I do).
  283. Pietro Raimondi. Kind of a nut; a 19th century Ives, but who wrote in actually a conservative idiom. He just liked to have two or three operas playing simultaneously in the same hall.
  284. Aleksandr Taneyev, uncle of the more famous Sergei. Guess I'm doing Russian stuff now.
  285. Symphony No. 5 by Tchaikovsky. I couldn't resist adding a couple of the juiciest bad reviews in the Slonimsky collection.
  286. Symphony No. 1 by Edward Elgar. Magnificent piece; during that A-flat "nobilmente" tune I can see as though through a fog a vision of gin-and-soda guzzling Britons holding in subjugation entire nations of millions, I see General Charles George Gordon (as played by Charlton Heston) speared in Khartoum, and I see the ruins of a magnificent empire; but what a marvelous ruins they are indeed. Someday we will have our own ruins to memorialize, and I sure hope our music is as good as this. Oh, and as a subtle tribute to the ghosts of British nationalism rattling about in this splendid pair of pieces, I used UK spelling. Go ahead and laugh.
  287. Symphony No. 2 by Edward Elgar. An even more magnificent piece: "a tender Götterdämmerung for the entire Edwardian age."
  288. Three Places in New England Great piece by Charles Ives. Might be shifting direction here. There are an enormous number of unwritten articles on major compositions.
  289. W. de Wycombe English composer of the late 13th century: may have been the composer of the Reading Rota (Sumer is icumen in), but really only 50/50 chance.
  290. Old Hall MS The biggest single source for Medieval English music; magnificent manuscript that miraculously survived all the various barbaric and destructive idiocies of the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries.
  291. Thomas Ashwell Composer of the very early 16th century, possibly the teacher of John Taverner. Some things survive but not much.
  292. Symphony No. 4 (Tchaikovsky) An anon clicked on the redlink and wrote the eloquent substub "rrrr." Such a significantly promising start deserves a decent followup. You know, a lot of really major pieces don't even have stubs yet. There's a lot here left to do indeed.
  293. Claudio Pari; Sicilian madrigalist. He was lucky he wasn't burned at the stake, getting off with only five years in the galleys. Interesting music you won't hear during a half-time show.
  294. French classical music Just an insignificant stub for now, but could be an enormous article, along with the parallel articles for other countries. Currently there is nowhere in Wikipedia for music history at this level of detail, by culture, country, or region, and this is one damn big omission.
  295. Eton Choirbook My first significant music article since becoming an admin. Wow. Enough Wikicopping, already, have to get back to what I am actually good at.
  296. Gaviota State Park Yet another non-music article, this one about one of my favorite places to go and not think about anything at all. Also only my second article since becoming an admin; guess I have to prove to myself that being an admin won't interfere with my ability to write stuff.
  297. Hummingbird sage One of my favorite native plants here; added a pic I took not far away. Doing a few non-music things for a change.
  298. Berkeley Barb Made a stub to save an anon comment from a speedy. Man, I wish I had saved some of these. Never knew they'd be valuable someday.
  299. viola organista A strange musical instrument invented by Leonardo da Vinci. The only picture I can find I cannot copy, unfortunately. This odd beast used a continuously moving horsehair bow to play the strings, which the keyboard player pressed into the bow by the action of his fingers. Alas they didn't have one at my corner music store.
  300. Carrizo Plain Still needs some pics; I have tons, it's choosing that is the problem.
  301. Leonel Power Just a stub for now; finish it later when I have a full tank.
  302. Loys Bourgeois Did you know he went to prison for changing a few notes in a well-known psalm tune? Hey, praise the Lord, but don't miss any notes. --Not quite happy with this article yet though; finish still.
  303. Alonso Mudarra Spanish composer and vihuelist; the first guy in history to publish music for that thing called a "guitar."
  304. Claude Le Jeune The most famous French composer of the late 16th century, and there wasn't even a stub there yet.
  305. Jacques Mauduit Composer of musique mesurée; starting on this group now
  306. Henry Eichheim American composer, early user of gamelan in a western context
  307. Charles Theodore Pachelbel Son of the composer of the Taco Bell Canon. Bet you didn't know he died in Charleston, S.C. and was the principal musician there in the 1740s.
  308. Marchetto da Padova Early 14th century theorist; the one on whose work the music of the Italian trecento is all founded.
  309. Aurelian of Réôme Author of the oldest surviving treatise on music from the Middle Ages (c. 850)
  310. Joonas Kokkonen A 20th century guy for a change; excellent composer, not done often enough here in the U.S.
  311. Giovanni de Macque Neapolitan madrigalist, almost as adventurous as Gesualdo, except he didn't leave a trail of dead bodies wherever he went.
  312. Geisslerlieder. Monty Python actually had it right (except that the book-swinging monks sing in Latin). The songs the flagellants sang.
  313. Filippo Filippi, Italian music critic, friend or admirer of Verdi (a little unclear just what Verdi thought of him). Had a stublet.
  314. Ney Rosauro Just started a stub to save the non-entry from being speedied; I'll let someone else finish this one, since I've never heard his music.
  315. Rhythmic mode Really need musical examples. Maybe a recording too.
  316. Johannes de Garlandia No, he didn't write De mensurabili musica, but since ever reference book says he did, he gets the article under his name. He did edit it though.
  317. Johannes Cotto Formerly Johannes Afflighemensis, now known to have worked in south Germany; treatise on organum of around 1100. You won't find it in the paperbacks in the supermarket checkout line, but only because I don't have say-so over what goes there.
  318. Conductus Found a tiny stublet marked for death by Wiktionary.
  319. Franco of Cologne First to propose that the a note could signify its own duration as well as pitch; mid 13th century.
  320. Hernando Franco Early colonial era composer in Guatemala and Mexico.
  321. Petrus A huge disambig page; also to remind me to write articles about the many medieval music theorists named Petrus.
  322. Bernardo Pisano The first madrigalist. Well, it's arguable; he didn't use the term, but stylistically it is pretty obvious. Also the first composer anywhere to have a printed collection of his secular music all to himself.
  323. Johannes Nucius German theorist: one of the first major writers on rhetoric and music.
  324. Notes inégales. French performance practice, mainly, with some surrounding history. That wasn't so easy. It's quite muddy, the sources are contradictory, and distilling it down to a less-than-dissertation size article is challenging.
  325. Johannes Brassart Burgundian; moved around a lot, was in the papal chapel with Dufay and Arnold de Lantins; good, underrated composer.
  326. Nicolas Grenon Lived to be more than 80 years old, 1375-1456; early Renaissance and late Medieval composer, and his work in both epochs challenges the definitions of just what those terms mean.
  327. Juan Pérez de Gijón Now that was a challenge. Not exactly "Classical Top 40."
  328. Giulio Belli Another; contemporary of the Venetian school, but he worked alongside them, elsewhere nearby.
  329. Johannes Prioris Still filling in the also-rans, some of whom wrote some really good music. Second-earliest surviving polyphonic Requiem mass.
  330. Ruggiero Giovannelli Roman School composer, post-Palestrina; wrote some rather light-hearted music for a Counter-Reformation priest. Interesting.
  331. Gymel. No, it has nothing to do with thirds. (If this seems like a non sequitur, you haven't studied musicology with one of the "old school.")
  332. Saint Cassian of Imola What's not to love, for this former college teacher? A man stabbed to death by his own students, for refusing to bow to popular culture. LOL.
  333. Giammateo Asola Veronese, lived in Venice, obviously despised the Venetian school music; it would be fun to know more about just what was going on there. Did he feel snubbed by the splendor of St. Mark's nearby?
  334. Pedro de Escobar Another early Portuguese composer; actually one of the earliest whose music has survived. I think he had a tough life.
  335. Giacomo Antonio Perti Italian Baroque composer, sadly neglected. Had a stub.
  336. La Conchita, California Sad place today; real close to home.
  337. Jean Japart One of the Milanese chapel composers.
  338. Musica ficta Thanks Opus for alerting me to this enormous redlink.
  339. Tarquinio Merula Another interesting and underrated Italian early Baroque composer.
  340. Stefano Landi Early Baroque opera composer.
  341. Nicola Vicentino Famously hard to explain. Interesting and quite influential though; I wish I had his archicembalo.
  342. Gioseffo Guami Another Venetian; organist, composer, teacher, singer, string player, friend of Lassus, just generally a great guy
  343. Hugo de Lantins Franco-Flemish composer active in Italy, around 1430, during that strange, almost dead time musically (though really it might just be because little has survived), right on the crack between the medieval and Renaissance periods.
  344. Arnold de Lantins Probably Hugo's brother, but I can't reasonably put my guess in the Wikipedia article, now can I?
  345. Supply Belcher American Revolutionary War era composer. Yup, that's really his name.
  346. Maddalena Casulana, Article No. 200, first female composer to have music printed (1568)
  347. Anna Guarini One of the three singers of the concerto di donne at Ferrara; murdered by her husband who suspected her of adultery
  348. Lodovico Agostini Interesting Ferrarese composer of the late 16th c. First article of 2005.
  349. Chioggia Italian town south of Venice; got tired of seeing the redlink. It could use some more detail.
  350. Jacques Buus Early Venetian, though he was Flemish originally; Protestant no less.
  351. Annibale Padovano Another Venetian; early composer of toccatas.
  352. Vincenzo Bellavere Yet another Venetian. On a roll.
  353. Giovanni Bassano Another Venetian, this one a cornettist. That's two Ts.
  354. Villanella Banged out a quickie here. Could use some more attention when I'm awake.
  355. Giovanni Croce Important Venetian school member; are there any left to write?
  356. Canzonetta It's rare to nab one that has 11 or 12 redlinks to it already. Important light secular Italian form of the late 16th century, and after.
  357. Baldassare Donato Another underrated Venetian composer. He was probably kind of a pain in the ass where he worked.
  358. String Quartet No. 8 (Beethoven). And this really is the music I know best; I find it hard to do it justice. Just a start on this one. By the way I find it difficult to use numbered titles; most musicians refer to them by opus numbers (this one is Opus 59, No. 2)
  359. Naumburg Biggish town in Germany; made a stub with the essentials.
  360. Claudio Veggio Pretty obscure, but what is really cool is that we actually have his working drafts. This is one of the earliest such survivals.
  361. Elias Ammerbach Organist, the first to publish organ music in Germany, but not the last.
  362. Hilaire Penet Very fine composer, a Renaissance one-hit wonder.
  363. Harmonices Mundi That bizarre book by Johannes Kepler which explained the music of the spheres, and the real reasons for misery and famine on the Earth.
  364. Christoph Demantius German, compiled the first dictionary of musical terms; somehow survived the 30 Years War.
  365. Musica reservata was to the mid-16th century what the ars subtilior was to the late 14th, and what total serialism was to the 20th. Roughly, but the parallels are there. Or so I think.
  366. Chorale motet
  367. Hieronymus Praetorius The second-most-famous member of the distinguished Praetorius family. Egg on my face; I had just told my sister that this was really Michael with a Latin name. LOL. As an act of penance, I hereby put up this article.
  368. Jean Maillard Minor French composer after Mouton; someone needs to research his life--it's a Ph.D. dissertation waiting to happen
  369. Johannes Lupi
  370. Francisco de Peñalosa Spanish; generation after Josquin, died young
  371. Conrad Paumann German; organist; blind from birth.
  372. Johann Andreas Herbst There's a silly picture of him in Grove I wish I could scan. But I can't, cuz I follow the rules.
  373. Kryštof Harant z Polžic a Bezdružic Tempted to start a [[Category:beheaded composers]] ...
  374. Ignazio Donati Practical guy; northern Italian; sweet and cheerful stuff.
  375. Johannes Martini Minor, but interesting composer, in that Milan choir I would love to have heard (1474, no good recordings survive)
  376. Joseph de Marliave Good Romantic era writer on Beethoven, maybe he was formative on me because I read his commentary on the Beethoven quartets when I was a teenager. I know this style of writing is out of fashion but it is moving, it is descriptive, and it helps open this music up to those who don't already know it. He was killed in World War I, right at the start, probably in the Battle of the Frontiers but I can't find out for sure.
  377. Pierre Moulu Gorgeous music, lost in the "dark backward and abysm of time."
  378. Mathieu Gascongne Relatively minor French court composer of early 16th c.
  379. Felix Salzer Extremely influential popularizer of Heinrich Schenker's theories, at least on the left side of the Atlantic.
  380. Robin Mallapert Palestrina's teacher. Otherwise quite obscure.
  381. Federico Mompou Catalan miniaturist; lovely stuff. Thanks Dolors for turning me on to this lovely, meditative music.
  382. Alessandro Striggio Wrote a huge 40-part motet, after Tallis the only one I know.
  383. Hugh Aston Quickie on another early Tudor composer.
  384. Pomponio Nenna Associate of the Prince of Venosa. Getting ready to write his article.
  385. Marco da Gagliano musician to the Medici, early 17th c.
  386. Galeazzo Maria Sforza Duke of Milan, patron of music. There's more to history than endless wars and murders, and his incredible patronage of the arts--especially music--often goes unnoticed in standard reference books.
  387. Franchinus Gaffurius Friend of Leonardo, superb theorist and composer.
  388. Pierre Certon important French composer, post-Josquin generation; the first of the chanson composers I have done; there are a bunch of others to get to now...
  389. Gaspar van Weerbeke Rather innovative in some ways and downright reactionary in others. Good luck finding recordings of his music though.
  390. Jacquet of Mantua Another fine composer you won't find in the CD bins at your corner hip-hop shop.
  391. Alberti Disambig page; a rather long one. There's a lot of Albertis.
  392. Richard Pohl Music critic, opposed to Hanslick, Wagnerian.
  393. Bicinium This is totally obscure.
  394. Carpentras Fine composer, who left Rome when Adrian VI came to the papacy. Flee from the Philistines.
  395. Melchior Franck German, transitional Renaissance/Baroque, wrote chorale motets (don't forget to write that one)
  396. Chorale monody Not many; not much to write; but they're pretty cool.
  397. Chorale concerto Not the usual kind of concerto; lovely things, especially the ones by Praetorius. Still need to mention the influence of the Thirty Years War in the reduction of available instrumental forces, and the evaporation of the grand Venetian style north of the Alps (most of the players were dead--thanks to Gustavus Adolphus, Tilly, their murderous gangs of thugs, and the typhus they brought which depopulated Germany)
  398. Chorale cantata Boundaries between this and the other types of chorale settings are fuzzy, as are most boundaries in the arts (and everything else for that matter)
  399. Jean Mouton Important figure, but I'm starting to feel the need for musical examples.
  400. Chorale setting. OK, it's a start.
  401. Chorale prelude. A shorty. Need a bigger article on Chorale setting.
  402. Bálint Bakfark Hungarian lutenist. It's ok, I hadn't heard of him either.
  403. Francesca Caccini Most influential female composer in the 700 years between Hildegard and Clara Schumann.
  404. Thomas Coryat Not a musician, but a travel writer, and one who wrote in gorgeous detail about the splendor of the music of the Venetian school.
  405. Giulio Caccini Finally! Biggest one I have written for a while, and the most important composer to remain empty so long.
  406. Ignaz Pleyel He wrote lots more than duets, but what second-year violinist knows that? Oh, the article's not done yet. Just a start
  407. Alfred Einstein Short for now. Did you know he was Albert's cousin?
  408. Girolamo Dalla Casa Venetian; instrumentalist and composer
  409. Johann Michael Vogl Schubert's close friend, and intended singer for much of his best work. Thank you for providing the inspiration for some of the most beautiful vocal writing in the history of western civilization.
  410. Tafelmusik Once again, to save a stublet from a speedy.
  411. Satyagraha (opera) Someone opened the article with the single profound line, "aaaa". It's always a challenge to save something like this from being speedied. Call it a game.
  412. Filippo de Lurano Another frottolist; Cesare Borgia's favorite.
  413. Marchetto Cara The nicer of the two frottolists (Tromboncino was in trouble a lot, including murdering his wife and her lover; though, ironically, THIS trouble he got out of)
  414. Paolo Quagliati
  415. Giovanni Francesco Anerio Finally. Removed a completely-wrong 1911 EB stub. SO much has been done on cataloging and studying this music in the last hundred years ... some day I'll write a rant on what one should and shouldn't use that great 1911 encyclopedia for.
  416. Paolo Bellasio Seems to have had great connections, and medium talent, and rather poor luck.
  417. Bartolomeo Barbarino
  418. Juan Pujol Catalan, NOT Spanish, composer.
  419. Sigismondo d'India Another great, underrated, indeed almost unknown composer in Italy contemporary with Monteverdi, in that fascinating Renaissance-to-Baroque time
  420. Robert de Févin brother of Antoine, less famous
  421. Antoine de Févin Another of the Franco-Flemish guys, and a fine one; died young
  422. Walter Frye Combined a dumbstub and a simultaneously created goodstub. Still needs some more.
  423. Pietro Cerone Influential and extremely windbaggy theorist of early 17th century Naples.
  424. Johann Joseph Fux Wrote the most influential book on counterpoint ever penned.
  425. The Old Maid and the Thief Someone put it up with a "save page" and I just had to save it from being speedied.
  426. George Kirbye, English madrigalist.
  427. Three Sisters Wilderness a quickie, to save a drive-by stublet from being speedied
  428. Thomas Tomkins
  429. Thomas Ravenscroft from a stublet, though someone kindly had a picture there first.
  430. San Rafael Mountains
  431. Symphony No. 10 (just a dumb disambig page--I'm lazy this morning)
  432. Symphony No. 11
  433. Santa Ynez Mountains Had to do something non-music for a change.
  434. John Bull (composer) (had a substub) (Here was a guy who had trouble keeping his pants on, and very nearly lost his "upper" head)
  435. Luis de Milán
  436. Manuel Mendes
  437. Manuel Cardoso
  438. Sostenuto (from requested articles list)
  439. Duarte Lobo starting on the Portuguese guys of their peculiarly late "Renaissance"
  440. Alonso Lobo
  441. Giovanni Bernardino Nanino I see sibling rivalry between these two. Look how they avoided each other's forms, or when writing in the same forms used opposite styles. Res omnes non mutantor.
  442. Giovanni Maria Nanino
  443. Thomas Morley (biggie; there were 16 links already to him)
  444. Lodovico Zacconi (expand from stublet) (if anyone ever reads this it's a miracle)
  445. Universe symphony (Charles Ives) (expand from a sublet)
  446. Intermezzo New article No. 100!
  447. Serenade Finally.
  448. Manfred Bukofzer got tired of seeing the red link all the time.
  449. Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (there was a sub-stub there)
  450. Santa Barbara Channel and something non-music for a change.
  451. Antonio Cifra
  452. Francesco Soriano
  453. Felice Anerio starting on the 17th century Roman School guys.
  454. Emilio de' Cavalieri
  455. Loyset Compère
  456. Sinfonia (some more examples, and more about 20th century wouldn't hurt)
  457. Pierre de La Rue (August 2004) and now expanded and corrected September 2005
  458. Olin Downes (had a substub)
  459. Alessandro Grandi
  460. Alexander Agricola
  461. Bartolomeo Tromboncino
  462. Tielman Susato
  463. Thomas Crecquillon
  464. Gustave Reese Musicologist; the most amazingly thorough of them all
  465. Marc Antonio Ingegneri (Monteverdi's teacher; "adjunct faculty" of Roman School)
  466. Domenico Allegri
  467. Roman School Finally.
  468. Alfonso Ferrabosco Hugely influential, almost unknown, and really kind of a shady character.
  469. Anonymous IV Probably the most famous of all the "numbered" Anonymi.
  470. English Madrigal School
  471. Notre Dame school
  472. Giovanni de' Bardi Had this energetic, audacious, interesting adventurer been killed at the siege of Malta, or in the savage struggles against Suleiman's army in Hungary, music history would be incomprehensibly different. No monody, no recitative, possibly no opera.
  473. Antoine Busnois Yup, he really did write a chanson called Terrible dame, and it means the same in English that it does in Old French.
  474. Hayne van Ghizeghem Interesting guy; I would love to write my speculations about his late career into the article, but can't and won't. After the siege of Beauvais, if he was not killed, but remained (anonymously) working at the court of France, it is certainly possible that he was captured--but could not go home again because Charles would have thought him a traitor. Eager to compete with Burgundy as a center of culture, musical and otherwise, the King of France (Louis XI) probably wouldn't have had any trouble hiring him; he was busy bringing scholars and artists and musicians from all over Europe. Hayne's life would make a great historical novel, or even, god forbid, an opera.
  475. Gilles Binchois (well, ok, there was a single line from 1911 EB there first)
  476. Burgundian School
  477. air de cour (incredibly popular for thirty years in France... one wonders, in four hundred years, will anyone have heard of "hip-hop," "rock," or "country"?)
  478. Hans Leo Hassler (Another underrated composer, one who brought that magnificent Venetian style north)
  479. Bartolomé de Escobedo
  480. Venetian School I might be the only one left in the world who loves this stuff, but so be it
  481. Costanzo Porta
  482. Girolamo Diruta
  483. Claudio Merulo
  484. intermedio
  485. Venetian polychoral style
  486. polychoral (someone else merged it with "antiphon" which is a very different thing, but I'll leave it for now)
  487. Heinrich Scheidemann
  488. Johann Schein
  489. Z-relation Heh. Felt like writing a really abstruse one.
  490. ricercar
  491. Johann Mattheson This is even too obscure for Grove... but the music and rhetoric stuff is important, IMHO
  492. prolation canon
  493. Cantus In Memoriam Benjamin Britten (by Arvo Pärt; heard it to my great surprise in Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 and was greatly relieved to see it in the credits, thinking of the Gladiator and the Kubrick-Ligeti nastinesses)
  494. rota (music)
  495. madrigale spirituale
  496. concertato
  497. Madrigal comedy
  498. George Whitefield Chadwick
  499. Horatio Parker
  500. Alessandro Stradella
  501. Lai
  502. Symphony No. 10 (Beethoven)
  503. Lodovico Grossi da Viadana
  504. Bluebeard's Castle
  505. wind quintet
  506. Josef Matthias Hauer
  507. Tioga Pass (the first of these not included in the New Grove)
  508. Nicholas Yonge
  509. Luca Marenzio
  510. Francisco Guerrero
  511. Tomas de Santa Maria
  512. cyclic form
  513. Pietro Aron
  514. Heinrich Glarean
  515. Philippe de Monte
  516. Cristóbal de Morales
  517. Ars subtilior
  518. Ars nova
  519. Ars antiqua
  520. Martinus Fabri
  521. Pierre de Manchicourt
  522. Comic opera
  523. Lute song
  524. Giovanni Artusi
  525. Frottola
  526. Laude
  527. Philippe de Vitry
  528. Jacob Obrecht
  529. Florentine Camerata
  530. Johannes Tinctoris
  531. Girolamo Mei
  532. Vincenzo Galilei
  533. Anthony Philip Heinrich
  534. Nicolas Gombert
  535. Costanzo Festa
  536. Claude Goudimel
  537. Charles Tomlinson Griffes
  538. Albert Roussel
  539. Johann Ladislaus Dussek
  540. Jacques Arcadelt. Begun in April 2004; greatly expanded and upgraded December 2008.
  541. Philippe Verdelot
  542. Samuel Scheidt
  543. Charles Valentin Alkan (Now merged into Charles-Valentin Alkan which already existed--hey, I was a newbie then.)
  544. Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
  545. Luzzasco Luzzaschi (needs fattening--important figure, and it was my first Wikipedia article)

Years in music[edit]

These were from scratch, but I just don't like listing them with "real" articles since they involve no writing, per se:

  1. 1591 in music Man I must be bored today. Enough for now.
  2. 1590 in music Procedure: add stuff I know off the top of my head; look at all links to 1590; search for 1590 in Grove; search for the year in the Renaissance and Baroque music articles; google "year music country"
  3. 1573 in music Births and deaths for now.
  4. 1572 in music Just a start for now. Here's the better way: use the advanced search feature in Grove: can do births, deaths, place, occupation; then you can search the works lists by date. Wow.
  5. 1571 in music It takes me longer to write one of these than it does a full composer bio. Strange.
  6. 1570 in music I thought these would be easy pages for when I'm feeling tired and stupid, but they're tough to research.


  1. Template:Graphical timeline for 20th century classical composers. Began it, anyway.


Began a lot of them, and I add a lot of articles to them, but I'm not keeping score.


I photograph a lot of stuff, but I'm too lazy to list everything. Mostly local landmarks, plants and critters in the wild. Usually I give everything over to public domain, so many pictures I have taken have moved over to commons.


  1. Condé-sur-l'Escaut. Town/commune in France where Josquin retired. Translated from French Wiki with some additional material on Josquin.
  2. Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Meaux. From French wiki.
  3. Ahmad_Zia_Massoud No, he's not a Renaissance composer. VP of Afghanistan; I translated it from French. Well heck there's something new to do.

Major rewrites or significant additions:[edit]

  1. Grazioso da Padova. Just a quick save from deletion.
  2. Gautier d'Espinal. Quick scribble, barely worth listing. Interesting music though; skilled composer.
  3. Bernart de Ventadorn. Another one from 2005 I forgot to list, not that it matters.
  4. Gaviota, California. Somewhat after the fact. I often forget what I've written, and then run into it later by surprise.
  5. McCamey, Texas. History section. I'm loving the Handbook of Texas Online. (I'd be hard-pressed to explain to any of my music friends why I find the history of the oil industry to be so fascinating, but there you go.)
  6. Iraan, Texas. History section.
  7. Santa Barbara, California. Finally got around to writing the history section, and did a bunch of rewriting. The history section is about 30% the length of the History of Santa Barbara article (12k vs 40k)
  8. Summerland, California. History section; working up to writing the History of Santa Barbara.
  9. Montecito, California. Likewise.
  10. Tierra Redonda Mountain. Large addition; written in collaboration with Wilhelmina Will.
  11. Girolamo Parabosco. Minor member of the Venetian school. Just a quick scribble, really; another of the minor composers I found on perusing Einstein.
  12. Pietro Bembo. Completely rewrote an Encyclopedia Britannica article from the great but out-of-date 1911 edition. Anyone else wish we'd never, ever used that for Wikipedia?
  13. Royalty trust. Is this a change of direction, or what? Hey, they have great dividends. They're also a pretty good hedge in a declining market, if energy prices are high.
  14. Heinrich Isaac. Additions, repair after mangling by someone's class project. Needs more still.
  15. Cantus firmus. Nothing to brag about, but it's better than it was.
  16. Parody mass. Still more to add; it's a huge topic, but maybe better added at mass (music), still to be done.
  17. Andrew Imbrie. Marvelous musician and teacher. Carefully avoided original research.
  18. Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes
  19. Robertsbridge Codex Someone else actually started this! What? Is the sky falling?
  20. French Renaissance Added just the part on music; this has a potential to be a fine article indeed.
  21. List of Renaissance composers Well, I added most of the names and dates, so I suppose I can count it ... not that it matters.
  22. List of Baroque composers Added a lot.
  23. List of Medieval composers Added a lot.
  24. Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra Expanded, somewhat, from a stub. Could be more. Tough to avoid "original research" on this one.
  25. Justin Morgan. Still needs more; info is hard to come by. There's a problem with conflicting sources (CD notes vs. Grove, for example: I tend to trust Grove, but getting hold of the 1790 and 1793 books would solve the problem)
  26. Trecento. Barely worthy of listing, but I've been doing so much RC patrol recently I need to remind myself to work on content more.
  27. Grigoraş Dinicu. Expanded from a stub. Hard to find much more on him, short of a trip to a library, and even that might turn up little.
  28. Hans von Bülow. Expanded from a stub.
  29. Mozart. Bet you've heard of him. Wrote the section on style; let's see if any of it survives (it's not great)
  30. Franz Tunder Not done yet (needs section on music), but it's fatter now.
  31. Counterpoint Beefed it up; still could use a lot more. History, clarity, examples, more.
  32. Goleta, California Big expansion. Place I've heard of.
  33. Guillaume Dufay Huge expansion. This is an example of how all these articles should be eventually. Could use maybe two more musical examples (one secular song, one bit of the l'homme armé mass, or something)
  34. Guido of Arezzo Expanded a bunch; could use more.
  35. Tomaso Albinoni Just because I opened Selfridge-Field at random to his chapter this morning.
  36. Francesco Landini Most important Italian composer of the 14th century; still needs lots more.
  37. Cipriano de Rore. Major composer of the middle 16th century, principally of madrigals. There was a stubbish article there already.
  38. Italian Renaissance. Added the entire music section. Writing general articles is hard, since you have to distill the most significant out of an enormous amount of information, and make it flow somehow.
  39. Piano key frequencies. Fixed the numbering, flipped it so it wasn't upside down, fixed the frequencies. Only listing it because it was such a pain in the ass.
  40. History of music. The first time I have worked on a Collaboration of the Week (who else is going to write about medieval music?) This should be fun, and I'm looking forward to what others add. Well, mostly.
  41. 1875 in music Listing it not because it's super-important, but because working on these is so tedious and time-consuming. Yet when I'm not up to writing expository prose these are a good filler.
  42. Joseph Solomon Delmedigo Bet you haven't heard of him. Cretan/Jewish philosopher and music theorist, born 1591.
  43. Carlo Gesualdo There was a little article here so I can't claim it from scratch; maybe my longest article to date (when the Wiki is slow I write offline ... which isn't too bad a way to go)
  44. Organum And more on the way.
  45. Giovanni Battista Guarini Added his considerable significance to music history.
  46. Gábor Darvas Fattened a stub.
  47. American classical music I've changed it a bit, to put it mildly, up to the last section, which I haven't the energy to tackle quite yet.
  48. Adriano Banchieri Was a 1911 stub, expanded a bit; not quite done yet
  49. Orazio Vecchi Can't claim it was from scratch, since there were a couple lines there; but major expansion
  50. Music of Spain Everything from Isidore of Seville to the 19th century (not done yet)
  51. Jean Richafort Expanded a stub. Could have more.
  52. The Bartered Bride Expanded a stub. It really needs act divisions and synopsis.
  53. Adrian Willaert Gradually abolishing the Catholic Encyclopedia article.
  54. Carl Orff Added the Nazi period writeup. If only he were in the White Rose ... but then they would have killed him.
  55. Ottaviano Petrucci Filled out a stub.
  56. L'homme armé Added a bunch; thanks to Linuxlad for starting this essential Renaissance music article.
  57. Jacob Clemens non Papa Added a bunch; could add more still.
  58. Guillaume de Machaut Not nearly done; just added bio details so far.
  59. Orfeo added plot, details, bunch of stuff
  60. Bergamo added the stuff on music history; needs art, architecture, and contemporary history and culture to balance the article though
  61. Gioseffo Zarlino The first to deal with the triad rather than the interval; the most important theorist between Aristoxenus and Rameau
  62. Thomas Ford another of the early 17th century English guys; this stuff is surprisingly hard to sort out--it resists being jammed into the square holes of Renaissance and Baroque as defined elsewhere in Europe.
  63. Giovanni Gabrieli (plenty more to do here)
  64. Cristofano Malvezzi
  65. Cremona (added the stuff about history and music history)
  66. John Dunstable
  67. Pange Lingua (added all the stuff on music for this great old Latin hymn)
  68. Arnolt Schlick (expanded from a quasistub)
  69. Music of Catalonia (added all the non-pop non-folk I could find in Grove)
  70. Barcarolle (filled out a stub)
  71. Berceuse (filled out a stub)
  72. Shakers (added the part on music)
  73. Santa Barbara County, California
  74. Frederic Rzewski
  75. Vihuela
  76. Peter Racine Fricker
  77. Andrea Gabrieli (not quite done yet)
  78. Antoine Brumel
  79. Agostino Agazzari
  80. divertimento
  81. canzone
  82. chorale
  83. monody
  84. Enrique Granados
  85. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
  86. Johannes Ockeghem
  87. Léonin
  88. Medieval music
  89. Renaissance music (as of 2012, this horror is one of the worst embarrassments on Wikipedia; I make no claim to the current version)
    I don't think it is all that bad. Please explain. Xxanthippe (talk) 00:39, 6 January 2012 (UTC).
  90. Baroque music
  91. Trecento-Madrigal
  92. Tomas Luis de Victoria
  93. Seikilos epitaph
  94. Heinrich Schütz


  1. Observations on Wikipedia behavior Listing it because I happen to think it's one of the best things I've ever written here. Maybe it's a nasty habit looking behind people's actions to their motivations, and writing about them, but there's a long and venerable history to the practice, and I think it's important for people to see this stuff written down if they can't figure it out for themselves. That some won't like it is fine with me: I neither want, nor try, to please everyone, and while overall we are a fine and noble enterprise, we still are just a bunch of primates scrambling for position, privilege, and praise. Depressing? Never! Accepting reality in toto is the only path to happiness.


As of mid-2007, I've started making maps. Why not? They're fun to do, and pretty easy with ArcGIS. I use public domain sources. There are more in Commons that I'm forgetting. Here is an incomplete gallery, not in chronological order:

There's some older ones back in my upload log from a couple years ago, but they're not particularly fancy.