The Allan Blank Papers

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 The Contemporary Composers Collection is a digital repository of unpublished… Continue Reading →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

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 →

The Whistle: Lyrics by Benjamin Franklin, Music by Allan Blank

Much of Allan Blank’s inspiration came from great works of literature and poetry. Usually, I find the completed score, or sketch without the accompanying reference material. Such as the case with “Four Poems by Emily Dickinson”, where I have processed… Continue Reading →

Some Noteworthy Finds from the Diehn Composers Room

Today, I was a stereotype. Often, when people ask about my job, I’m cut off with: “It must be nice to read all day!” Largely this is an untrue statement. Most librarians and archivists will tell you that their jobs… Continue Reading →

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