The Allan Blank Papers

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The Whistle: Lyrics by Benjamin Franklin, Music by Allan Blank

Much of Allan Blank’s inspiration came from great works of literature and poetry. Usually, I find the completed score, or sketch without the accompanying reference material. Such as the case with “Four Poems by Emily Dickinson”, where I have processed… 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 →

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 →

The Poetry and the Composer

This probably doesn’t surprise many readers, but it did amaze me: poetry is a big inspiration for classical composers. Really this should not have come as a revelation to me, considering that I know creativity can strike without warning and… Continue Reading →

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