Composing a Collection: the Allan Blank Papers

Discovering The Composer Through His Work

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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 →

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 The Contemporary Composers Collection is a digital repository of unpublished… Continue Reading →

Digital Preservation: Games in Space with the Bookeye 4

ODU’s Perry Library Digital Services Center has a new way to preserve documents, rare books and now sheet music. Thanks to an extremely generous gift from the Blank Foundation, I present: the Bookeye 4! An overhead scanner that can either remain… Continue Reading →

The More You Know: Music Archiving

I’m not a musician. I was once…for about a month in sixth grade, but quickly discovered that I didn’t have the dedication to practice. Yet, here I am now, archiving music written by one of Richmond’s most prolific composers. How… Continue Reading →

The Composer and his Songs for Children

According to the sketches I’ve found so far, Allan Blank decided in the mid-1980’s to write music for children. His compositions were meant for a children’s chorus accompanied by a piano. After finding a poem or nursery rhyme, Mr. Blank… Continue Reading →

Was the Bassoon Allan Blanks Favorite Instrument?

Frank Zappa once commented that the bassoon has “…a medieval aroma…” and after hearing the bassoon, I definitely agree.  Often, bassoons are compared to male baritones, having a similar quality of sound. To me, the reverberation of the bassoon is… Continue Reading →

Painting, Poetry and Music: the Cycle of Inspiration

Allan Blank was inspired by Paul Klee and Wallace Stevens. Wallace Stevens’ poetry was inspired by Paul Klee. Paul Klee’s painting was inspired by music. Recently, I discovered two works by Allan Blank, which were inspired by Paul Klee and… Continue Reading →

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