Do your loved ones simply recycle all that paper? Perhaps they take it home and leave it in a box at the bottom of a closet? Maybe, they leave the paperwork in the attic for the next homeowner to find?… 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 →
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 →
When I originally began this blog the purpose was to highlight Allan Blank’s compositions, share musical observations and impart a bit of archival knowledge. Hopefully Readers, I’m hitting these goals on the mark! In an effort to keep you apprised,… 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.