Sitting at a quiet table in front of Starbucks, I meet composer, pianist and professor Andrey Kasparov. Drinking iced tea, we speak about his hero and my patron Allan Blank. We talk about music and archives, the future of the… Continue Reading →
Before I leave campus, at least for today, I’m making one more stop. Did Allan Blank have his office here? Did he compose pieces in this very building? Did he teach here? These are questions that I hope to find… Continue Reading →
Now that I have properly paid my respects to Mr. Blank, I’m headed to the James Branch Cabell Library to meet with Melissa Marrion, visit VCU’s Special Collections and check out the library’s music score collection. In an earlier blog… Continue Reading →
For seven years (1970-1977), Allan Blank worked at Lehman College shaping young musical minds. Below is a teaching observation schedule that gives a peek into the composer’s life as a teacher. On October 15, 1973 Professor Blank was to be… 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.