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Music and Measurement: Linear Feet in the Archives

Measuring by linear feet is the most common method of calculation in archival spaces. It’s an absolute necessity in libraries, museums and archives to know how much space could potentially be needed for a collection and new acquisitions. 9.5 boxes… Continue Reading →

I Love Big Folders and I Cannot Lie!

Supplies came in and look at what I got! Gigantic folders! Now, Reader I know what you are thinking: “Really random internet archivist, those folders seem a bit excessive.” Not to worry kind Reader, I answer. Just look at what… Continue Reading →

Arrangements by Allan Blank

What is an “Arrangement” in music? Essentially, arrangements are the reorganization of an already created work through the altering of orchestration, structure, transitions and themes. Arrangements are often referred to as Cover Versions and can encapsulate instrumental updates, lyrical changes… Continue Reading →

The Graduation Song: a Brief History of Pomp and Circumstance

About a week ago, over dinner, my S.O. brought up the topic of “the graduation song”… What’s it actually called? Why do schools cross the United States use the same song over and over, from Elementary to University? and Isn’t… Continue Reading →

Writing Music with Elmo

I’ve discovered a great deal about writing music from Allan Blank’s composer’s notebooks. Yet, the the greatest lesson I’ve gained from Mr. Blank is that music whether simple, or complex can be found everywhere. Now, as a parent, I want… Continue Reading →

Listening to A Miscellany for Saxophone Quartet

Last week one of our new student workers asked me what I was working on. I explained that I am the Archival Processor for the Allan Blank Collection and my job is to preserve and organize the composer’s work. Picking… Continue Reading →

Virginia Must have “Something in the Water”

Later this month, Pharrell Williams will be hosting the Something in the Water Festival in Virginia Beach! Normally, the focus of this blog is on the classical music of Allan Blank, but today I’m making an exception. Music, in all… Continue Reading →

Compiling Scores: The Contemporary Composers Collection

Are you a musician looking for inspiration? A music student looking for scores? Perhaps an everyday citizen interested in contemporary composers? Never fear, the Old Dominion Special Collections is here! The Contemporary Composers Collection is a digital repository of unpublished… Continue Reading →

F. Ludwig Diehn Composers Room Just Got Updated!

  Over Spring Break, the Diehn Composers Room (home of the Allan Blank Papers Collection) had a new floor installed! Soon the furniture will be returned, but already the room looks brighter and feels more welcoming than ever before. Please… Continue Reading →

The Rite of Spring…Gangnam Style?

In celebration of the Vernal Equinox, may I present the Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky…Gangnam Style! Spring is supposed to be a time of joyfulness and renewal. My hope is that this brings a smile to your face, dear Reader.

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