The Allan Blank Papers

Discovering The Composer Through His Work

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Music Score

Digital Preservation: Games in Space with the Bookeye 4

ODU’s Perry Library Digital Services Center has a new way to preserve documents, rare books and now sheet music. Thanks to an extremely generous gift from the Blank Foundation, I present: the Bookeye 4! An overhead scanner that can either remain… Continue Reading →

The More You Know: Music Archiving

I’m not a musician. I was once…for about a month in sixth grade, but quickly discovered that I didn’t have the dedication to practice. Yet, here I am now, archiving music written by one of Richmond’s most prolific composers. How… Continue Reading →

The Composer and his Songs for Children

According to the sketches I’ve found so far, Allan Blank decided in the mid-1980’s to write music for children. His compositions were meant for a children’s chorus accompanied by a piano. After finding a poem or nursery rhyme, Mr. Blank… Continue Reading →

Was the Bassoon Allan Blanks Favorite Instrument?

Frank Zappa once commented that the bassoon has “…a medieval aroma…” and after hearing the bassoon, I definitely agree.  Often, bassoons are compared to male baritones, having a similar quality of sound. To me, the reverberation of the bassoon is… Continue Reading →

Painting, Poetry and Music: the Cycle of Inspiration

Allan Blank was inspired by Paul Klee and Wallace Stevens. Wallace Stevens’ poetry was inspired by Paul Klee. Paul Klee’s painting was inspired by music. Recently, I discovered two works by Allan Blank, which were inspired by Paul Klee and… Continue Reading →

Finding Interesting Artifacts!

While processing the Allan Blank Papers I have stumbled across some very interesting objects. Here is one, a hand written music score with a purple hand print: As I get further along in the collection, I will share many more… Continue Reading →

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