Who was Allan Blank besides a man who filled over forty boxes with papers? Well, a few weeks ago I had the pleasure to correspond with several of Allan Blank’s former colleagues, friends and even family. What I discovered is the… Continue Reading →
I have said it before and I will probably say it again…Dr. Blank composed on any random paper he could find! Below is the perfect example. The note is regarding the publishing of his score “Four Poems By Emily Dickinson”,… Continue Reading →
Have you ever looked at the bottom of a file folder and thought what those accordion lines are for? Probably not. Conversely, if you work in a law office or in medical administration, you are excessively familiar with… Continue Reading →
Allan Blank’s life began on December 27, 1925 in New York City. 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. Sadly, he passed away on November 12, 2013 from a brain tumor.
Currently housed at the Old Dominion University Special Collections and University Archives, the Allan Blank Papers Collection spans from 1952 to 2013 and encompasses over 40 boxes of unprocessed materials. Primarily comprised of working sketches, scores, notebooks, audiovisual and ephemera.