The Allan Blank Papers

Discovering The Composer Through His Work

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Writing Music with Elmo

I’ve discovered a great deal about writing music from Allan Blank’s composer’s notebooks. Yet, the the greatest lesson I’ve gained from Mr. Blank is that music whether simple, or complex can be found everywhere. Now, as a parent, I want… Continue Reading →

Hey…Jude: an Opera in Three Acts

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… Continue Reading →

Encountering “Melodies from Around the World”

One of my favorite aspects of my job is finding connections. Today, I opened a new box to process and was greeted with the score “Melodies from Around the World”. The pages tugged at my memory and I realized that… Continue Reading →

Hearing Allan Blank: A search for the Composer’s Music on the Internet

Distressingly, back in February, I missed The Lighter Side of Allan Blank, a performance held by Old Dominion University Libraries. Nearly every day I look through his music scores, but wonder what they sound like. Since then, I have scoured the… 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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