Composing a Collection: the Allan Blank Papers

Discovering The Composer Through His Work

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An Interview with Andrey Kasparov

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 →

Richmond Road Trip: Day 1, One More Stop at VCU

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 →

Richmond Road Trip: Day 1, Going to School

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 →

Work at Herbert H. Lehman College

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 →

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