Composing a Collection: the Allan Blank Papers

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ODU Campus and Facilities Closed Through Spring Semester

As COVID-19 continues to spread across Hampton Roads, Old Dominion University has come to the difficult decision to remain closed through the Spring Semester. Classes will be moving online beginning March 23, 2020, but our physical facilities will be closed… Continue Reading →

Old Dominion University Closed

Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Old Dominion University has decided to close until March 23, 2020. Below is a statement from the university. In keeping with Gov. Northam’s ban on gatherings of more than 100 people and in… Continue Reading →

Old Dominion University Special Collections and Archives COVID 19 Update

Currently, ODU Special Collections and University Archives is remaining open during the Covid 19 health crisis. However, research assistance will be by appointment only with a focus on remote requests. This is subject to change at any moment and while… Continue Reading →

A Message from Old Dominion University President John R. Broderick

Dear Campus Community: Because Old Dominion University places top priority on the health and safety of its community, the University decided today to extend spring break for one week, suspend in-person classes and move them online for the immediate future…. Continue Reading →

A Popular Performance, or Playing Copyrighted Music in Public

Today we got a very interesting inquiry and I wanted to share the story. A high school band director called Special Collections wanting a copies of an arranged score by Frank Erickson for an upcoming concert. Sounds amazing, right? I… Continue Reading →

Rubber Bands: Archival Enemy No. 1

Here is a seemingly innocent rubber band…stretchy, circular, typically used to hold things together…normal office supply right? OR IS IT! dun, dun, duh! Rubber bands are not innocent binders of materials, but some of the worst offenders in damaging artifacts…. Continue Reading →

Cupid and the Composer: Allan Blank’s Take on ‘Cupid and My Campaspe’

Happy Valentine’s Day my dear Reader! What better day than today to visit a play and a composition all about love. Cupid and my Campaspe play’d At cards for kisses—Cupid paid: He stakes his quiver, bow and arrows, His mother’s… Continue Reading →

ODU’s School of Music Celebrates Black History Month

To honor the rich history and cultural significance of black voices, Old Dominion’s F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music is celebrating with choral program. The concert, coordinated by Asia Daniels (an incredibly impressive freshman music student), is titled Black History… Continue Reading →

“Sounds of Norfolk” Presentation by an ODU Librarian

Madeline Dietrich, the Music Special Collections and Research Specialist at Old Dominion University Libraries is going to be presenting at the Music Library Association Conference in February! Her presentation, named “Sounds of Norfolk”, is an in-depth look at the Tidewater… Continue Reading →

Ariel: Words from Shakespeare, Arranged by Blank

Lyrics: “Full fathom five thy father lies;Of his bones are coral made;Those are pearls that were his eyes;Nothing of him that doth fade,But doth suffer a sea-changeInto something rich and strange.Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:Ding-dong.Hark! now I hear them —… Continue Reading →

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