The Allan Blank Papers

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Speaking with David Niethamer

Lately, I’ve had the great pleasure to speak with former colleagues of the late Allan Blank. Today was no different, as I conducted a phone interview with Clarinetist David Niethamer! Not wanting to disturb the quiet confines of the Perry… Continue Reading →

An Interview with Andrey Kasparov

Sitting at a quiet table in front of Starbucks, I meet composer, pianist and professor Andrey Kasparov. Drinking iced tea, we speak about his hero and my patron Allan Blank. We talk about music and archives, the future of the… Continue Reading →

Finding the Music (Collections) at ODU!

In the summertime when the weather is hot Special Collections is the right spot For researchers who have music, music on their mind! The summer months are usually the busiest time for Special Collections, when historians, musicians, professors and researchers… Continue Reading →

Interested in Getting a Master of Library and Information Studies?

Why not check out the BRAND NEW Master of Library and Information Studies at Old Dominion University? Starting this Fall, ODU will be offering a 30 credit hour master program in library science. Fields covered will include: public, academic and… Continue Reading →

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 →

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