Composing a Collection: the Allan Blank Papers

Discovering The Composer Through His Work

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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 →

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 →

Plastiklips: Friend or Foe?

Last week, I shared my brilliant co-worker’s cat sculpture. The binder clips used in the sculpture were originally part of an already processed acquisition. After reviewing the collection, the clips were found to be causing harm. Once a helpful tool… 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 →

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 →

Lost in the Music, or How I Learned Musical Terms

As I stated before, I have a very rudimentary knowledge of music and its composition. Armed with only with the basics, I feel enormously happy when I stumble across a musical reference I recognize. However, more often I find my… Continue Reading →

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