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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 young Jude (More)
  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 Yeats Songs for (More)
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 (More)
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  [caption id="attachment_385" align="aligncenter" width="300"] My empty folder organizer, ready for sketches, scores and ephemera![/caption] This past November has been a busy month! Sadly, my blogging was pushed aside in favor of a big r (More)
[caption id="attachment_379" align="aligncenter" width="222"] Sketch of the poem At Terezin, music by Allan Blank[/caption] Earlier today I processed a sketch entitled At Terezin and I was immediately drawn in and shaken to my core. The first lin (More)
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 flowe (More)
The last stop on this Richmond Road Trip adventure takes us back to the Virginia Commonwealth University campus. W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts is the administrative offices of the music departments and theater departments. (More)
My first stop on day two of the Richmond Trip (okay maybe Dunkin Doughnuts was the real first stop...anyway...continuing on...) is the Virginia Holocaust Museum. Current home of the Blank Family Papers, a collection that focuses on Margot Blank, wife (More)
Before I leave campus, at least for today, I'm making one more stop. [caption id="attachment_348" align="aligncenter" width="225"] James W. Black Music Center at Virginia Commonwealth University[/caption] Did Allan Blank have his office here? D (More)
Now that I have properly paid my respects to Mr. Blank, I'm headed to the James Branch Cabell Library to meet with Melissa Marrion, visit VCU's Special Collections and check out the library's music score collection. In an earlier blog post about A (More)
My first stop on my road trip to Richmond is Emek Sholom Holocaust Memorial Cemetery to pay my respects to Allan Blank. In the early morning, the cemetery is quite and peaceful. Not a place of deep mourning, but one of rest. Buried in a double g (More)
  My day is beginning entirely too early, but I'm excited. Richmond here I come! (More)
Well kind reader, it is time for this Archivist to pack some bags and hit the road...to Richmond! Thanks to my amazing employer, Old Dominion Special Collections & University Archives and the generosity of the Allan Blank Fund, I get go on a rese (More)