Composing a Collection: the Allan Blank Papers

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Arrangements by Allan Blank

What is an “Arrangement” in music? Essentially, arrangements are the reorganization of an already created work through the altering of orchestration, structure, transitions and themes. Arrangements are often referred to as Cover Versions and can encapsulate instrumental updates, lyrical changes… Continue Reading →

Writing Music with Elmo

I’ve discovered a great deal about writing music from Allan Blank’s composer’s notebooks. Yet, the the greatest lesson I’ve gained from Mr. Blank is that music whether simple, or complex can be found everywhere. Now, as a parent, I want… Continue Reading →

Virginia Must have “Something in the Water”

Later this month, Pharrell Williams will be hosting the Something in the Water Festival in Virginia Beach! Normally, the focus of this blog is on the classical music of Allan Blank, but today I’m making an exception. Music, in all… Continue Reading →

Writing Music for a Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, there was a play written by Annette Merkur Schwartz called ‘The Passionate Saxophone Player’. In the tale, a very talented young man plays the saxophone with such ability that villagers dance, squirrels stop gathering nuts and… Continue Reading →

Words from the Composer: Musical Tributes written by Allan Blank

For many avid readers, like myself, you are familiar with the dedication page found in books. These few lines in the early pages of a book allows the author a chance to give a bit of credit to those people… Continue Reading →

Allan Blank: The Life of a Composer

Allan Blank’s life began on December 27, 1925 in New York City. His first instrument was the violin, on which he would become so proficient that he would later become a violinist for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Throughout his academic… Continue Reading →

What on Earth is Archival Processing and Why Do You Need to Do It?

The Allan Blank Paper Collection is large; encompassing twenty seven acid-free boxes and an entire shelving unit. And this is only part of the original collection. To ensure that all of these materials continue to be accessible for generations to… Continue Reading →

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