Allan Blank’s life began on December 27, 1925 in New York City. His first instrument was the violin, on which he would become so proficient that he would later become a violinist for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Throughout his academic career, Blank would attend the Juilliard School of Music, Washington Square College and eventually obtain his master’s degree from University of Minnesota.  As a composer, Allan Blank was known for his contemporary pieces, utilizing instruments that often seemed strange on the surface, but would work beautifully together. Not only was Blank a talented composer with over 60 published works, he was also a dedicated professor. Teaching at several institutions, the composer ended his teaching career at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996 to focus more on writing music. Allan Blank was married to Margot Dreyfuss Blank a painter and photographer.  Throughout the Allan Blank Papers Collection one finds poems written by Dreyfuss Blank set to music, sketches and music written on the back programs to Margot Dreyfuss Blank’s exhibitions.  While looking through the Allan Blank Papers his creative intellect is apparent. Often finding inspiration from poems and when inspiration struck grabbing the closest piece of paper write his notes. Sadly, Allan Blank passed away on November 12, 2013 from a brain tumor. However, his legacy lives on with every musical score saved and every concert performed.

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