The Allan Blank Papers

Discovering The Composer Through His Work

Month

May 2018

Here’s a Rhyme to Save Time!

I’m not going to lie, I was absolutely confused when I saw a score that began with a bass clef. How on earth was I going to classify composition starting with a bass clef? Was it even a score? Was… Continue Reading →

A Centuries Old Instrument Meeting a Modern Composer

Over the weekend, I visited the Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in Colonial Williamsburg. There, I was greeted by a fantastic exhibit of harpsichords and piano fortes. Usually, when I think of the harpsichord, I envision men in powdered wigs… 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 →

Finals are Over!

Today, I walked into the library and much to my surprise discovered the building nearly empty, the stacks quiet and students smiling. What caused this sudden change? Today is the last day of finals! To celebrate the end of the… 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 →

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