The Allan Blank Papers

Discovering The Composer Through His Work

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Life of the Composer

Some Noteworthy Finds from the Diehn Composers Room

Today, I was a stereotype. Often, when people ask about my job, I’m cut off with: “It must be nice to read all day!” Largely this is an untrue statement. Most librarians and archivists will tell you that their jobs… Continue Reading →

Allan Blank: In His Own Words

“I write what my ear, feelings and understandings dictate. I believe the initiating impulse to compose is a complex product of one’s training, instrumental or vocal background, listening experiences, imaginative strengths, and the fortuitous circumstances of time and place.” -Correspondence… Continue Reading →

Who was Allan Blank? The Man Behind the Papers

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 →

Newest Discovery!

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 →

Remembering Allan Blank (December 27, 1925-November 12, 2013)

Today, November 12th, marks the fourth anniversary since Allan Blank’s passing. So, in remembrance of Dr. Blank, I am sharing his obituary, which appeared in the November 17, 2013 edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch by Ellen Robertson. “Composer Allan Blank… Continue Reading →

The Other Blank Collections

Allan Blank and his family knew the importance of sharing and preserving their story for future researchers. Currently, the collection of papers I’m processing the scope falls mostly under musical scores. Allan Blank created over three hundred works during his… Continue Reading →

Allan Blank: The Life of a Composer

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… Continue Reading →

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