Hymn to Wikipedia

Hymn to Wikipedia June 3, 2013

On the wonderful wiki-based storehouse of public-domain sheet music IMSPL, I discovered a gem today. It is a work with the title “Hymn to Wikipedia” attributed to John-Luke Mark Matthews (a clever pseudonym). I am including the Conductor’s Score here:

Hymn to Wikipedia

by John-Luke Mark Matthews

If you are an experienced conductor with years of experience conducting large orchestras and choirs, you’re not wanted here. Give the job over to someone who has never conducted before.

Your job is to conduct by consensus. However, you also have ultimate authority, which you may feel free to enforce arbitrarily.

If anyone challenges your authority, you may ban them and have them ejected from the orchestra or choir.

The performance can go ahead with whatever players and singers are left after the banning process.

Don’t worry about looking at any of the parts, the librarian will take care of those. All you have to do is wave a stick. Or use your hands, if you think that’ll look more impressive. Have fun.

Click through to see more details, such as instrumentation.

On a more serious note, I was amazed and delighted to see that a copy of one of my all-time favorite pieces of music, Kurt Atterberg’s Symphony No.2, is available there, as is his violin concerto!

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