Composing a Collection: the Allan Blank Papers

Discovering The Composer Through His Work

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 The Contemporary Composers Collection is a digital repository of unpublished… Continue Reading →

Hey…Jude: an Opera in Three Acts

Thomas Hardy wrote a tale of a tragic man whose ambitions are never realized, his love lost and his life plagued by death. Jude the Obscure interweaves the themes of education, religion, sexuality, marriage and death throughout the tale of… Continue Reading →

Love Poems and Yeats Songs

  Happy Valentine’s Day music lovers, archive lovers and lovers of Allan Blank! To celebrate this day of love, I wanted to share a composition by Mr. Blank based off the poem Brown Penny by William Butler Yeats from “Four… 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 →

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