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Extra! Extra! Special Collections and Digital Services Merging!

Over the last couple of months the Perry Library has been going through some internal structure changes. While change is never easy, or readily accepted, one difference that I’m excited about is the merging of the Special Collections and Digital… Continue Reading →

Blank: Blackbird, Parables, Poem

Sometimes even the best laid plans face obstacles and unforeseen challenges. Scheduling conflict were probably the most used terms this week, thus my colleague from the Deihn Composer’s Room was not able to join me in processing the newest Allan… Continue Reading →

New Day, New Box!

  This past November has been a busy month! Sadly, my blogging was pushed aside in favor of a big research request, but now I’m back and ready to start a new box. My first impression is that this box… Continue Reading →

Poems of the Holocaust: At Terezin Music by Allan Blank

Earlier today I processed a sketch entitled At Terezin and I was immediately drawn in and shaken to my core. The first lines read “When a new child comes everything seems strange to him. What on this ground I have to… Continue Reading →

Writing Music for a Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, there was a play written by Annette Merkur Schwartz called ‘The Passionate Saxophone Player’. In the tale, a very talented young man plays the saxophone with such ability that villagers dance, squirrels stop gathering nuts and… Continue Reading →

Richmond Road Trip: Day 2, Seeing You at VCU

The last stop on this Richmond Road Trip adventure takes us back to the Virginia Commonwealth University campus. W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts is the administrative offices of the music departments and theater departments. Not only that, but… Continue Reading →

Richmond Road Trip: Day 2, Meeting Margot

My first stop on day two of the Richmond Trip (okay maybe Dunkin Doughnuts was the real first stop…anyway…continuing on…) is the Virginia Holocaust Museum. Current home of the Blank Family Papers, a collection that focuses on Margot Blank, wife… Continue Reading →

Richmond Road Trip: Day 1, One More Stop at VCU

Before I leave campus, at least for today, I’m making one more stop. Did Allan Blank have his office here? Did he compose pieces in this very building? Did he teach here? These are questions that I hope to find… Continue Reading →

Richmond Road Trip: Day 1, Going to School

Now that I have properly paid my respects to Mr. Blank, I’m headed to the James Branch Cabell Library to meet with Melissa Marrion, visit VCU’s Special Collections and check out the library’s music score collection. In an earlier blog… Continue Reading →

Richmond Road Trip: Day 1, Visiting Mr. Blank

My first stop on my road trip to Richmond is Emek Sholom Holocaust Memorial Cemetery to pay my respects to Allan Blank. In the early morning, the cemetery is quite and peaceful. Not a place of deep mourning, but one of… Continue Reading →

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