Discovering The Composer Through His Work

Category Composer’s Works

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 →

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 →

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 →

For an Autumn Day, Some Notes

Autumn Fires By: Robert Louis Stevenson In the other gardens   And all up in the vale,From the autumn bonfires   See the smoke trail! Pleasant summer over,    And all the summer flowers,The red fire blazes,   The grey smoke towers. Sing a… Continue Reading →

Spotlight on ODU Composers: Adolphus Hailstork

Recently, President Broderick held his annual State of the University address for ODU faculty and staff. It was an opportunity to learn about the incredible works of the campus community, see where the president envisions the university heading and most… Continue Reading →

Welcome Back, Welcome Back

Today is the first day of classes! The parking lot is full, student workers are back in the Archives and there is a general air of nerves and excitement running through ODU’s campus. All I can say is “Welcome Back… 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 →

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 →

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 →

The Broccoli and Carrot Stir-Fry Aria

Wow, I think I just stumbled across my new favorite song! The composition is from an opera called ‘Love at Any Age’, which describes the love lives of three generations of women. I have yet to find a completed score,… Continue Reading →

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