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Allan Blank Papers, 1958-2009 | Music Special Collections

By Jessica Mirasol in January 2010

Collection Overview

Title: Allan Blank Papers, 1958-2009

Collection Identifier: DCR MG 5

ID: 00.1/DCR MG 5

Primary Creator: Blank, Allan (1925-2013)

Extent: 40.0 Boxes

Arrangement:

This collection has been organized into the following series:

I. Original Compositions

II. Sketches and Sketchbooks

III. Correspondence

IV. Programs

V. Publicity

VI. Personal and Professional Reference Materials

VII. Videos and Recordings

Date Acquired: 00/00/1999. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: 20th century music, Acoustic guitar, American String Teachers Association, Associated Music Publishers, Association for the Promotion of New Music, Baritone (Musical instrument), Bass clarinet, Bassoon, Blank, Allan, 1925-, Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers, Brass quartet, Brass quintet, Carl Fischer Inc, Clarinet, Cornell University, Dorn Publications, Double bass, Earnestly Music, Edition Pro Nova, English horn, Euphonium, Falls House Press, Flute, Hampton Roads Region (Va.), Harp, HoneyRock, Horn (Musical Instrument), Jazz band series, Music for Percussion, Inc., National Endowment for the Arts, Nichols Music, Oboe, Old Dominion University, Opera--Juvenile, Operas, Organ (Musical Instrument), Percussion, Piccolo, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Richmond (Va.), Roncorp Inc., Saxophone, Seesaw Music, Smith Publications, String quartet, String trio, Symphonic band series, Theodore Presser Company, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola, Violin, Violoncello, Virginia Commission on the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth Universtiy, Virginia Music Educators Association, Vocal Music - - 20th century, Wind quintets (Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Horn, Oboe) - - 20th century

Languages: English, French, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Allan Blank Papers consist primarily of scores (mainly in manuscript and facsimile formats) and materials related directly to his significant compositions and published materials, including programs, reviews and recordings. His compositions encompass a wide range of instrumentation and format. His works include pieces for a solo instrument, full orchestra, chamber ensemble, voice, music for children, and opera. Materials in this collection also document some of Mr. Blank’s personal and professional interests.

Biographical Note

Allan Blank was born in New York in 1925. His early musical training was on the violin, and he attended the High School of Music and Art where his interest in conducting and composition was fostered. He furthered his studies at the Juilliard School of Music (1945-1947); Washington Square College (B.A., 1948); University of Minnesota (M.A., l950) and the University of Iowa. He was a violinist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (1950-1952) and has taught at a number of schools and universities.

He was Professor Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University where he taught from 1978-1996. He has a number of published works distributed among the following publishers: Carl Fischer, Theodore Presser, Seesaw Music, Music For Percussion, Dorn Publications, Nichols Music, Roncorp Inc., Falls House Press, HoneyRock, Boosey and Hawkes, Smith Publications, Association for the Promotion of New Music, Associated Music Publishers, American String Teachers Association, Edition Pro Nova and Earnestly Music.

Blank's awards include First Prize in the George Eastman Competition (1983), sponsored by the Eastman School of Music for his Duo for Bassoon and Piano; a grant (l983) from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of his one-act opera, The Magic Bonbons; three commissions (l979, l988, and l991) from the Virginia Music Teachers Association and two commissions to write music for the Virginia Shakespeare Festival at Williamsburg. In 1988 he won both the Eric Satie Mostly Tonal Award for his string trio, Fantasy on Cantillation Motives, and the Annual Choral Competition Contest, sponsored by the Chautauqua Chamber Singers, for his setting called Poor Richard's Almanack. In l989 he was a winner in the Lind Solo Competition, sponsored by Cornell University, and in 1990 he was awarded a grant from the Virginia Commission of the Arts for a Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra. Allan Blank is listed in a number of biographical references, including The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.  He died November 12, 2013 in Bon Air, Virginia.

Subject/Index Terms

20th century music
Acoustic guitar
American String Teachers Association
Associated Music Publishers
Association for the Promotion of New Music
Baritone (Musical instrument)
Bass clarinet
Bassoon
Blank, Allan, 1925-
Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers
Brass quartet
Brass quintet
Carl Fischer Inc
Clarinet
Cornell University
Dorn Publications
Double bass
Earnestly Music
Edition Pro Nova
English horn
Euphonium
Falls House Press
Flute
Hampton Roads Region (Va.)
Harp
HoneyRock
Horn (Musical Instrument)
Jazz band series
Music for Percussion, Inc.
National Endowment for the Arts
Nichols Music
Oboe
Old Dominion University
Opera--Juvenile
Operas
Organ (Musical Instrument)
Percussion
Piccolo
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Richmond (Va.)
Roncorp Inc.
Saxophone
Seesaw Music
Smith Publications
String quartet
String trio
Symphonic band series
Theodore Presser Company
Trombone
Trumpet
Tuba
Viola
Violin
Violoncello
Virginia Commission on the Arts
Virginia Commonwealth Universtiy
Virginia Music Educators Association
Vocal Music - - 20th century
Wind quintets (Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Horn, Oboe) - - 20th century

Administrative Information

Repository: Music Special Collections

Accruals: Additions were made in 2000, 2009, and 2010.

Access Restrictions: Materials are available for room use only.

Use Restrictions: Copyright has not been assigned to the University Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the University Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Physical Access Note: Original reel to reel recordings are not available for use.

Acquisition Source: Allan Blank

Acquisition Method: Gift

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box Number [insert number], Allan Blank Papers, Old Dominion University Libraries, F. Ludwig Diehn Composers Room, Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center, Norfolk, VA

Processing Information: The collection was processed by Jessica Mirasol in 2010.

Finding Aid Revision History: Major revisions to this finding aid occurred in 2010 after new additions were processed.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Original Compositions],
[Series 2: Sketches and Sketchbooks],
[Series 3: Correspondence],
[Series 4: Programs],
[Series 5: Publicity],
[Series 6: Personal and Professional Reference Materials],
[Series 7: Videos and Recordings],
[All]

Series 1: Original Compositions
Allan Blank has written a long list of musical compositions for a variety of musicians. He has written for traditional vocal, instrumental, and mixed ensembles as well as for more uncommon mixed ensembles. The works in this series have been divided based on instrumentation.
Sub-Series 1: Works for Chorus
Box 1
Folder 1: American Folio SATB
Folder 2: buy me an ounce and I’ll sell you pound SATB with piano
Folder 3: Four Chinese Poems for Sopranos and Altos
Folder 4: The Frogs SSAATTBB
Folder 5: I Am a Rose SSAA
Folder 6: Lines by Horace SATB
Folder 7: Lines from Proverbs for Mixed Chorus
Folder 8: Madrigal for Chorus and Piano
Folder 9: Maggie, Milly, Molly, and May SSA
Folder 10: Maggie, Milly, Molly, and May SSA
Folder 11: Tell me Where is Fancy Bred SATB
Folder 12: Peace Cantata SATB and Piano
Folder 13: Poor Richard’s Almanack SATB (a cappella)
Folder 14: Three Nouns SATB (a cappella)
Sub-Series 2: Solo Works
Sub-Series 1: Vocal
Box 1
Folder 14: Cupid and Campaspe
Folder 15: Don Quixote Tenor and Piano
Folder 16: Envoi
Folder 17: Four Poems by Walt Whitman Baritone and Piano
Folder 18: Four Yeats Songs
Folder 19: I carry your heart with me Treble Voice and Piano
Folder 20: In Just
Folder 21: The Legs
Folder 22: Let All the Horses Go Free Male Voice and Piano
Folder 23: A Noiseless Patient Spider Bass-Baritone and Piano
Folder 24: Of Mere Being Soprano and Piano
Folder 25: Parable
Folder 26: The Pebble Soprano or Mezzo and Piano
Folder 27: The Pleasures of Merely Circulating
Folder 28: Some Funnies and Poems Narrator and Piano
Folder 29: Somewhere I Have Never Travelled
Folder 30: Song Treble Voice and Piano
Folder 31: Song Cycle Mezzo and Piano
Box 2
Folder 1: Sonnet 43
Folder 2: Spanish Johnny
Folder 3: To My Dear and Loving Husband Soprano or Mezzo and Piano
Folder 4: Valerye Treble Voice and Piano
Folder 5: Vicissitudes
Folder 6: Voices Mezzo and Piano
Folder 7: The Way of the Water-Hyacinth Soprano and Piano
Folder 8: When I Was One-and-Twenty Tenor and Piano
Sub-Series 2: Keyboard
Box 2
Folder 9: Adonay Yom Lekha (O Lord! On This Day) Organ
Folder 10: The Angel with the Too Little Wings Piano
Folder 11: Four Easy Pieces Piano
Folder 12: In Memorium (Arthur White) Piano
Folder 13: Meditation Organ
Folder 14: Meditation for Piano
Folder 15: Music for Piano
Folder 16: Pour Vous Piano
Folder 17: Re-Statement of Romance Piano
Folder 18: A Short Invention for Piano
Folder 19: Six Studies for Piano (One hand-Left or right)
Folder 20: A Suite of Bagatelles Keyboard
Sub-Series 3: Strings
Box 2
Folder 21: Dualisms Violin and Organ
Folder 22: Duo Concertante Violin and Piano
Folder 23: Elegy for Violin and Organ
Folder 24: Four Studies for Solo Violin (on each string separately)
Folder 25: Interval Studies for Solo Violin
Folder 26: Music for Solo Cello
Folder 27: Music for Solo Viola
Folder 28: Petite Suite Solo Viola
Box 3
Folder 1: A Set of Opposites Cello and Piano
Folder 2: Sonata for Violin and Piano
Folder 3: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2
Folder 4: Sonata for Solo Violin
Folder 5: A Song of Ascents solo Viola
Folder 6: Studies for Solo Violin
Folder 7: Three Etudes for Solo Violin
Folder 8: Three Pieces for Harp
Folder 9: Three Pieces for Solo Guitar
Folder 10: Three Studies for Solo Violin
Sub-Series 4: Winds
Box 3
Folder 11: …And the Breath Stirred… solo Alto Flute
Folder 12: Collage: Five Diverse Pieces
Folder 13: Concert Duo Alto Saxophone and Piano
Box 4
Folder 1: Dance Images Solo Flute
Folder 2: Diversions Solo Clarinet
Folder 3: Duo Concertante for Flute and Piano
Folder 4: Five Lines for Solo French Horn
Folder 5: Five Sketches Alto Saxophone
Folder 6: Five Sketches Alto Saxophone
Folder 7: Four Comments Solo Bass Trombone
Folder 8: Four Miniatures and a Refrain Bass Trombone
Folder 9: Four Sketches for Solo Piccolo
Folder 10: Line Drawings Soprano Saxophone in Bb
Folder 11: Lines Solo Contrabassoon
Folder 12: Moments in Time Oboe and Piano
Folder 13: Moods of Imagination Trumpet and Piano
Folder 14: Opposites (No. 2) Flugelhorn and Piano
Folder 15: Playtime Flute and Piano
Folder 16: Sixteen Etudes for Euphonium
Folder 17: Snapshots Solo Flute
Folder 18: Snapshots Solo Flute
Folder 19: Soliloquy English Horn
Folder 20: Three Bagatelles for Solo Bassoon
Folder 21: Three for Barton Solo Bass Tuba
Folder 22: Three for Two Clarinet and Piano
Folder 23: Three Pieces for Solo Trumpet
Folder 24: Two Articulation Studies Solo Bassoon
Folder 25: Two Pieces Alto Saxophone and Piano
Sub-Series 3: Chamber Works
Sub-Series 1: Vocal
Box 4
Folder 25: Aria Da Capo one-act chamber opera
Box 5
Folder 1: Aria Da Capo
Folder 2: Aria Da Capo
Folder 3: Around the Clock (Coalitions III: 1983) soprano, flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet, piano
Folder 4: Being: Three Vignettes Soprano and Clarinet in A
Folder 5: Coalitions 2 clarinets, trombone, piano, 2 percussionists and soprano
Folder 6: Don’t Let That Horse Eat That Violin Voice, Bassoon, and Violin
Folder 7: Esther’s Monologue Soprano, oboe, viola, and cello
Folder 8: Excitement at the Circus Children’s opera
Box 6
Folder 1: Four Dream Poems Soprano, clarinet, trumpet, piano
Folder 2: Four Poems by Emily Dickinson Soprano, flute, clarinet in A
Folder 3: Introduction, Five Poems, Interludes, and Conclusion Voice, Contrabass and Piano
Folder 4: The Jumblies Narrator/Singer, clarinet, cello and piano
Folder 5: A Miscellany for Claudia Pianist/Singer/Actress, tapes and slides
Folder 6: Musician Soprano and Harp
Folder 7: The Noise A Chamber Opera in One Act
Folder 8: The Noise A Chamber Opera in One Act
Folder 9: The Pennycandystore Beyond the El Voice and bassoon
Folder 10: Poem Voice, Clarinet in A, Harp and cello
Folder 11: Poems from the Holocaust Mezzo or Alto, contrabass and piano
Folder 12: Songs of Innocence 2 high voices, flute, clarinet, piano, violin, viola, cello
Folder 13: Songs and Instrumental Commentary on Poems by Gregory Orr Voice, Piano and Clarinet in A
Folder 14: Three Poems by Emily Dickinson Medium Voice, Flute and cello
Folder 15: Three Poems Soprano and violin
Box 7
Folder 1: Three Songs of Shattering Soprano, flute and harp
Folder 2: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird Soprano, Flute/Piccolo, Clarinet in A/Bass Clarinet, Violin/Viola, Cello and Piano
Folder 3: Two Holy Sonnets by John Donne Alto, English Horn/Oboe, Viola and Harp
Folder 4: Two Parables by Franz Kafka Voice, Violin and Viola
Folder 5: The Walter in the House Soprano or Mezzo, Clarinet in A and Piano
Folder 6: Zulus Live In Land Without A Square Soprano, Percussion, Piano, and Dancer
Sub-Series 2: Keyboard
Box 7
Folder 7: escapades: songs for rote and piano duets
Folder 8: Interplay: for two Pianos
Sub-Series 3: Strings
Box 7
Folder 9: Duo for Violin and Viola
Folder 10: Fantasy on Cantillation Motives String Trio
Folder 11: Music for Multiple Violins in Six Movements 6 Violins
Folder 12: Remembrance for String Quartet
Folder 13: String Quartet, 1958
Folder 14: String Quartet, 1981
Folder 15: String Quartet, 1989
Box 8
Folder 1: String Quartet, 1998
Folder 2: String Quartet, 1998 No. 2
Folder 3: Three for String Trio Violin, Viola, and Cello
Sub-Series 4: Winds
Box 8
Folder 4: Bicinium Oboe and Bassoon
Folder 5: Bicinium II Clarinet in A and Bassoon
Folder 6: Bicinium III Clarinet in A and Bass Clarinet
Folder 7: Bicinium IV: Games in Space Flute and Bb Clarinet
Folder 8: Brass Quartet
Folder 9: Brass Quintet
Folder 10: Brass Quintet
Folder 11: Duos for Two Bassoons
Folder 12: Diptych with Refrain 8 Horns
Folder 13: Fanfare for Brass Quintet
Folder 14: Fantasy for Brass Trio
Folder 15: Fantasy Variations on the Turkish Lady Bass Clarinet and Narrator
Folder 16: Five for Three Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon
Folder 17: Four Bagatelles Flute, Clarinet in Bb and Bassoon
Box 9
Folder 1: Four Bagatelles Flute, Clarinet in Bb and Bassoon
Folder 2: Four Bagatelles Oboe and Clarinet in A
Folder 3: Four Bagatelles Oboe and Clarinet
Folder 4: Four Miniatures 2 Bb Clarinets
Folder 5: Four Pieces 2 Trumpets and 3 Trombones
Folder 6: Introductions, Four Miniature and Conclusion 2 C Trumpets
Folder 7: Introduction and Three Episodes Flute, Clarinet in A and Bassoon
Folder 8: A Little Suite Three Trombones
Folder 9: A Melodic Tour for Two Clarinets
Folder 10: Mindscapes Flute Choir
Folder 11: A Miscellany for a Consort of Flutes Flute Choir
Folder 12: A Miscellany for Two Flutes
Folder 13: A Miscellany for Two Alto Saxophones
Folder 14: A Miscellany for Saxophone Quartet
Folder 15: A Miscellany for Saxophone Quartet
Folder 16: Music for Six Trumpets
Folder 17: Music for Woodwind Quintet
Box 10
Folder 1: Overture, Four Sketches and Fugue Woodwind Quintet
Folder 2: Paganini Caprice 24 Double Woodwind Quintet
Folder 3: Polymorphics Double Woodwind Quintet
Folder 4: Savage’s Fanfare and Dirge Trombone Quartet
Folder 5: Scenes for the Ear Alto, Tenor, and Baritone Saxophones
Folder 6: Sicilienne Clarinet Choir (arranged by Allan Blank)
Folder 7: Three Canonic Miniatures 2 clarinets
Folder 8: Three Duos for Two Flutes
Folder 9: The Three Graces Three Flutes
Folder 10: Three Miniatures 2 Clarinets and Bassoon
Folder 11: Three One-Noters 2 A Clarinets
Folder 12: Three Paganini Caprices Brass Choir
Folder 13: Three Pieces for Clarinet Trio
Folder 14: Three Windgrams Flute, Clarinet in A and Bassoon
Folder 15: Trumpet and Percussion Ceremonies
Folder 16: Two Simple Canons 2 Flutes
Folder 17: Two Sketches for Two Euphoniums
Box 11
Folder 1: Two Studies for Brass Quintet
Folder 2: Two Studies for Two Bb Clarinets
Folder 3: Woodwind Quintet
Sub-Series 5: Percussion
Box 11
Folder 4: Duos for Two Marimbas and Assorted Percussion
Folder 5: Knock on Wood 4 Players on 12 Wooden Instruments
Sub-Series 6: Mixed Ensemble
Box 11
Folder 6: An American Medly Brass Quintet, Flute(s), and Percussion
Folder 7: Becoming Clarinet, Cello and Piano
Folder 8: Composition for Eleven Players Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Harp, Violin, Cello, Double Bass
Folder 9: Concertino for Five Players Flute/Piccolo, Clarinet in A/Bass Clarinet, Piano, Violin/Viola and Cello
Folder 10: Divertimento Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano
Folder 11: In Memorium 9/11 Violas, Cellos, Basses and Percussion
Folder 12: Interplay Flute (Piccolo), Clarinet in A, French Horn, Piano
Folder 13: Links Violin, Clarinet and Piano
Folder 14: Music for Brass and Percussion
Folder 15: Music for Three Players (suitable for 3 flutes; 2 flutes, oboe; flute, oboe, clarinet; flute, 2 clarinets; or clarinet, 2 oboes)
Folder 16: Nocturne Bassoon and Harp
Folder 17: Notes in Autumn Flute and String Quartet
Folder 18: O Hark, O Hear! Trumpet and Strings
Folder 19: Paganini Caprice #24 for Wind Choir 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns
Folder 20: Passing Through Flute and Strings
Box 12
Folder 1: Piano Quartet Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello
Folder 2: Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet
Folder 3: Recitative, Imaginary Dance, and Postlude Flute and Harp
Folder 4: Summer Nights Bassoon, Horn, Strings
Folder 5: Three Bouquets Bassoon and Contrabass
Folder 6: Trio Flute, Violin and Harpsichord
Folder 7: Trio Flute, Bassoon, Piano
Folder 8: Unfoldings Clarinet, Viola and Cello
Folder 9: Variations Clarinet and Viola
Sub-Series 4: Concertos
Box 12
Folder 10: Concertino for Bassoon and Orchestra
Folder 11: Concertino for Oboe and String Orchestra
Folder 12: Concerto for Bassoon and Small Orchestra
Folder 13: Concerto for Contrabass and String Orchestra
Folder 14: Concerto for Contrabass and String Orchestra
Box 13
Folder 1: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Folder 2: Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra
Folder 3: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Folder 4: Divertimento Solo Tuba and Symphonic Band
Folder 5: Statements and Interactions Horn and Orchestra
Sub-Series 5: Large Ensemble
Box 14
Folder 1: Concert Piece for Band
Folder 2: Kreutzer March Symphonic Band
Folder 3: The Magic Bonbons one-act opera
Folder 4: Meditation
Folder 5: Music for Orchestra
Box 15
Folder 1: Music for Small Orchestra
Folder 2: Peace Cantata Chorus and Orchestra
Folder 3: Six Significant Landscapes Sopranos and Chamber Groups
Folder 4: Six Miniatures and a Fantasia Orchestra
Folder 5: Some Thank-You Notes Jazz Band
Folder 6: Symphony Large Orchestra
Folder 7: Three Tableaux Small Orchestra
Folder 8: While the World Spins Small Orchestra
Folder 9: Episodes for Orchestra (written by a friend from high school)
Series 2: Sketches and Sketchbooks
Allan Blank kept very detailed sketches and sketchbooks for his original works. These sketches included notes from his research, musical motives, plans for forms, and works of inspiration. This series has been divided into dated notebooks and named sketches.
Box 16
Folder 1: Concertino for Oboe and String Orchestra
Folder 2: Two Pieces for Alto Sax and Piano
Folder 3: Sketchbook, 1984-1985
Folder 4: Sketchbook, February 4, 1985
Folder 5: Sketchbook, 1986
Folder 6: Sketchbook, 1989
Box 17
Folder 1: Unknown Sketches
Folder 2: Unknown Sketches
Folder 3: Unknown Sketches
Folder 4: Unknown Sketches
Box 18
Folder 1: Sketchbook, 1963-1974
Folder 2: Sketchbook, February 24, 1966- June 20, 1972
Folder 3: Sketchbook, December 1974
Folder 4: Sketchbook, April 1976- July 1977
Folder 5: Sketchbook, 1977
Folder 6: Sketchbook, 1978
Box 19
Folder 1: Sketchbook, 1980-1982
Folder 2: Sketchbook, 1982
Folder 3: Sketchbook, 1983
Folder 4: Sketchbook, 1985
Folder 5: Sketchbook, 1986
Folder 6: Sketchbook, 1992-1994
Folder 7: Two Articulation Studies for David van Hoesen
Folder 8: Two Pieces for Solo Clarinet
Folder 9: Two Sketches for Two Euphoniums
Folder 10: Three for String Trio
Folder 11: Three One-Noters
Box 20
Folder 1: Three Sketches for Bassett Horn
Folder 2: Three Songs of Shattering
Folder 3: Three Windgrams
Folder 4: Four Bagatelles for Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon
Folder 5: Four Miniatures and a Refrain for Bass Trombone
Folder 6: Four Poems by Walt Whitman
Folder 7: Five Lines for French Horn
Folder 8: Five Sketches for Alto Saxophone
Folder 9: Five Sketches for Alto Saxophone
Folder 10: Six Miniatures for Bb Clarinet
Folder 11: Arabesques/Sprouts
Folder 12: Diptych
Folder 13: Duo Concertante Violin and Piano
Folder 14: Escapades
Folder 15: The Falling of the Leaves
Folder 16: In Memorium
Folder 17: Incomplete Sketch: Four Chinese Poems
Folder 18: Incomplete Sketch: Four Poems Walt Whitman
Folder 19: Interplay
Folder 20: Interplay
Folder 21: Interplay (Movement II)
Folder 22: Interval Studies for Violin
Box 21
Folder 1: Jane Kenyon Songs
Folder 2: Links
Folder 3: The Magic Bonbons
Folder 4: The Magic Bonbons Scenes I-IV
Folder 5: The Magic Bonbons Scene V
Folder 6: The Magic Bonbons Scene VII
Folder 7: The Magic Bonbons Scene VIII
Folder 8: Meditation for Piano
Folder 9: Music for Violin
Folder 10: Oboe and Strings Movement I, II, and III
Folder 11: Orr Songs
Folder 12: Orr Songs
Box 22
Folder 1: Piano Quartet Movement I, II, and III
Folder 2: Piece for Two Flutes
Folder 3: Playtime for Flute and Piano
Folder 4: The Pleasures of Merely Circulating
Folder 5: Saxophone Quartet
Folder 6: Scenes for the Ear
Folder 7: Soliliquy
Folder 8: Song
Folder 9: Song
Folder 10: To An Isle in the Water
Folder 11: Trio for Flute, Violin, and Harpsichord
Folder 12: Unfolding
Folder 13: Valerye
Folder 14: Vicissitudes
Folder 15: Vignettes
Series 3: Correspondence
This series is made up of correspondence dated throughout Blank’s career. It has been organized into subject areas- the most extensive of which being correspondence related to publishing and performing his works.
Box 23
Folder 1: Professional Associations, 1979-2007
Folder 2: Thank You’s, 1982-2007
Folder 3: Teaching, 1983-1997
Folder 4: Contest Entries, 1978-2008
Folder 5: Commissions and Royalties, 1982-2006
Folder 6: Personal, 1983-1997
Folder 7: Personal, 1998-2003
Box 24
Folder 1: Performances/Publishing, 1969-1983
Folder 2: Performances/Publishing, 1984
Folder 3: Performances/Publishing, 1985-1986
Folder 4: Performances/Publishing, 1987-1988
Box 25
Folder 1: Performances/Publishing, 1989
Folder 2: Performances/Publishing, 1990-1991
Folder 3: Performances/Publishing, 1992
Folder 4: Performances/Publishing, 1993
Box 26
Folder 1: Performances/Publishing, 1994
Folder 2: Performances/Publishing, 1995-1996
Folder 3: Performances/Publishing, 1997-1999
Folder 4: Performances/Publishing, 2000-2003
Folder 5: Performances/Publishing, 2004-2008
Folder 6: Performances/Publishing, undated
Series 4: Programs
Professor Blank kept copies of programs in which his works were performed. They have been organized chronologically. Also contained in this series are programs in which Allan Blank was a performer, either musician or conductor.
Box 27
Folder 1: Programs of Allan Blank Works Performed, 1965-1981
Folder 2: Programs of Allan Blank Works Performed, 1982-1984
Folder 3: Programs of Allan Blank Works Performed, 1985-1986
Folder 4: Programs of Allan Blank Works Performed, 1987-1988
Folder 5: Programs of Allan Blank Works Performed, 1989-1991
Folder 6: Programs of Allan Blank Works Performed, 1992
Folder 7: Programs of Allan Blank Works Performed, 1993-1994
Folder 8: Programs of Allan Blank Works Performed, 1995-1997
Box 28
Folder 1: Programs of Allan Blank Works Performed, 1997-1998
Folder 2: Programs of Allan Blank Works Performed, 1999-2001
Folder 3: Programs of Allan Blank Works Performed, 2002
Folder 4: Programs of Allan Blank Works Performed, 2003-2009
Folder 5: Programs of Allan Blank Works Performed, Undated
Folder 6: Programs of Allan Blank Works Performed, Undated
Folder 7: Programs of Allan Blank Performances, Undated
Folder 8: Programs of Allan Blank Performances, Undated
Series 5: Publicity
Allan Blank has collected newspaper articles, reviews, and publicity for concerts and recordings featuring his music. Also included in this series is any publicity relating to Blank or awards he and his works have been awarded. There is one folder containing articles related to his personal interests.
Box 29
Folder 1: Reviews, Publicity, and Newspaper Articles, 1979-1987
Folder 2: Reviews, Publicity, and Newspaper Articles, 1988-1990
Folder 3: Reviews, Publicity, and Newspaper Articles, 1991-1995
Folder 4: Reviews, Publicity, and Newspaper Articles, 1996-2006
Folder 5: Reviews, Publicity, and Newspaper Articles, undated
Folder 6: Reviews, Publicity, and Newspaper Articles of Personal Interest
Series 6: Personal and Professional Reference Materials
Items in this series consist of papers documenting significant events in Allan Blank’s career, reviews written by Blank, and personal reference materials including music publications. Also contained within this series are photographs of Mr. Blank.
Box 30
Folder 1: Professional Documentation
Folder 2: Professional Documentation
Folder 3: Professional Documentation
Folder 4: Reviews written by Allan Blank
Folder 5: National Music Societies
Folder 6: Travel
Folder 7: Reference- Teaching
Item 1: The Bassoon Music of Allan Blank: A General Style Analysis and an Examination of Expressive Properties in Three Representative Works, Tina Marie Carpenter
Box 31
Folder 1: Photographs
Folder 2: Pan Pipes, 1981, 1989-1993
Folder 3: Pan Pipes, 2001-2009
Folder 4: Music Publications
Box 41: Oversize Photographs and Sketches
Series 7: Videos and Recordings
Throughout his career, Allan Blank received copies of videos and recordings from programs in which his works were performed. This series has been divided by media type.
Sub-Series 1: VHS Tapes
Box 32
Item 1: Allan Blank Master (Beta), 5/9/86
Item 2: Allan Blank Copy (Beta), 5/9/86
Item 3: Allan Blank: Meet the Artist Continental Cablevision Cambridge, MA
Item 4: Excitement at the Circus
Item 5: Excitement at the Circus
Item 6: The Noise: A chamber opera in Two Acts
Item 7: The Noise: A chamber opera in Two Acts
Item 8: The Noise: A chamber opera in Two Acts
Item 9: The Noise: A chamber opera in Two Acts Scenes 1-8
Item 10: The Noise: A chamber opera in Two Acts Scenes 1-8
Item 11: Fourth Movement from Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet, July 1986
Item 12: Stan Brodsky “Seeing Through-Seeing Beyond” A Retrospective of work form the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s at Bridgeport University, May 1999
Item 13: Utterances
Box 33
Item 1: Allan Blank: Meet the Artist Continental Cablevision Cambridge, MA (U-Matic)
Item 2: Unknown (U-Matic)
Item 3: Unknown (U-Matic)
Sub-Series 2: Film
Item 1: Reel Art: Films by Virginia Filmakers, Joan Strommer (Utterances), Thursday, January 21, 1988
Sub-Series 3: CDs
Box 34
Item 1: Around the Turkish Lady
Item 2: Ensembles for Brass Quintet Iowa Brass Quintet
Item 3: Kohn Recital, September 20, 2005
Item 4: Moods of Imagination (2002) for Trumpet and Piano
Item 5: Passing Through for Flute and String Orchestra
Item 6: Poems from the Holocaust
Item 7: Turkish Lady
Item 8: Three Tableaux for Small Orchestra
Item 9: New Works for Bassoon (Nocturne for Bassoon and Harp)
Item 10: Allan Blank: Music for Bassoon (Concertino for Bassoon and String Orchestra; Four Inventions for Bassoon and Piano; Nocturne for Bassoon and Harp; Trio for Flute, Bassoon, and Piano; Three Bouquets for Bassoon and Contrabass; Three Bagatelles for Solo Bassoon)
Item 11: Das Klarinettenduo (Bicinium III), 1986
Item 12: New Music for Orchestra (Concertino for String Orchestra)
Item 13: 20th-Century Concert Etudes for Solo Violin (Toccatina and Mixtures)
Item 14: Currents (Polymorphics)
Item 15: American Debuts (Toccata)
Item 16: America’s Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax, Volume II (Two Pieces for Alto Saxophone and Piano)
Item 17: MMC New Century Volume VIII (Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra; Overture for a Happy Occasion)
Item 18: Chamber Works of Allan Blank (String Quartet, 1989; Sonata for Piano; Introductions and Three Episodes; Elegy; Dualisms)
Item 19: Works by Allan Blank and Margaret Brouwer (Links; Moments in Time)
Item 20: Continuities; Diversions; Nakyon Days; Knock; Nocturne; Old Salt Kossabone; Pebble; String Quartet 1998 No. 1; To My Dear and Loving Husband; Trio; Voice of the Rain
Sub-Series 4: Cassettes
Box 35
Item 1: Being: Three Vignettes for Soprano and Clarinet
Item 2: Bicinium II: Clarinet and Bassoon
Item 3: Bicinium II: Clarinet and Bassoon
Item 4: Bicinium IV: Games in Space
Item 5: Bicinium IV: Games in Space
Item 6: Bicinium IV: Games in Space
Item 7: Bicinium IV: Games in Space
Item 8: Bicinium IV: Games in Space
Item 9: Brass Trio
Item 10: Brass Trio
Item 11: Ceremonies- Rehearsal
Item 12: The Clarinet Duo
Item 13: Coalitions
Item 14: Coalitions
Item 15: Coalitions
Item 16: Concert for Clarinet and String Orchestra
Item 17: Concert Piece for Band
Item 18: Concert Piece for Band
Item 19: Concertino for Bassoon and String Orchestra
Item 20: Concertino for Bassoon and String Orchestra
Item 21: Concertino for Bassoon and String Orchestra
Item 22: Concertino for String Orchestra
Item 23: Concertino for String Orchestra
Item 24: Dance Images (Solo Flute)
Item 25: Diversions (Solo Clarinet)
Item 26: Diversions (Solo Clarinet)
Item 27: Divertimento for Tuba and Symphonic Band
Item 28: Duo for Bassoon and Piano
Item 29: Duo for Bassoon and Piano
Item 30: Duo for Bassoon and Piano
Item 31: Duo for Bassoon and Piano
Item 32: Ensemble Kaleidocollage
Item 33: Ensemble Kaleidocollage
Item 34: Ensemble Kaleidocollage
Item 35: Expansions and Contractions
Box 36
Item 1: Fantasy on Cantillation Motives
Item 2: Fantasy on Cantillation Motives
Item 3: Fantasy on Cantillation Motives
Item 4: Fantasy on Cantillation Motives
Item 5: Festive Overture
Item 6: Friday Evening Service
Item 7: In Just Spring
Item 8: In Just Spring
Item 9: Interplay for Two Pianos
Item 10: Introduction and Rondo Fantastico
Item 11: Introduction and Rondo Fantastico
Item 12: Introduction and Rondo Fantastico
Item 13: Introduction and Rondo Fantastico
Item 14: Introduction and Rondo Fantastico
Item 15: Introduction and Rondo Fantastico
Item 16: Kreutzer March
Item 17: Kreutzer March
Item 18: Kreutzer March
Item 19: Kreutzer March
Item 20: Kreutzer March
Item 21: Kreutzer March
Item 22: Kreutzer March
Item 23: Links for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano
Item 24: Links for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano
Item 25: Mindscapes
Item 26: Mindscapes
Item 27: Moments In Time
Item 28: Moments In Time
Item 29: Moments In Time
Item 30: Moments In Time
Item 31: Moments In Time
Item 32: Music for Solo Cello
Item 33: Music for Three Players
Item 34: Nocturne for Bassoon and Harp
Item 35: Nocturne for Bassoon and Harp
Item 36: Nocturne for Bassoon and Harp
Box 37
Item 1: Overture for a Happy Occasion
Item 2: Paganini Caprice #24 (for double woodwinds)
Item 3: Paganini Caprice #24 (for double woodwinds)
Item 4: Paganini Caprice #24 (for double woodwinds)
Item 5: Peace Cantata
Item 6: Peace Cantata
Item 7: Peace Cantata
Item 8: Piano Sonata
Item 9: Playtime (Flute and Piano)
Item 10: Poems From the Holocaust
Item 11: Poor Richard’s Almanack
Item 12: Poor Richard’s Almanack
Item 13: Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet
Item 14: Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet
Item 15: Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet
Item 16: Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet
Item 17: Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet
Item 18: Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet
Item 19: Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet
Item 20: Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet
Item 21: Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet
Item 22: Reflections on the Epitaph of Seikicos
Item 23: Re-Statement of Romance
Item 24: Rotation
Item 25: Scarborough Chamber Players Trio, 1983
Item 26: A Song of Ascents
Item 27: String Quartet (1989)
Item 28: Toccata
Item 29: Toccata
Item 30: Tuba Concerto- Rehearsal
Item 31: Windgrams
Item 32: Two Holy Sonnets by John Donne
Item 33: Two Holy Sonnets by John Donne
Item 34: Two Pieces
Item 35: Two Pieces for Solo Clarinet
Item 36: Three Bagatelles for Solo Bassoon
Box 38
Item 1: Three Chinese Poems for Sopranos and Altos
Item 2: Three for Two
Item 3: Three Novelties for Sax
Item 4: Three Novelties for Sax
Item 5: Three Pieces for Clarinets
Item 6: Three Related Pieces for Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon
Item 7: Three Related Pieces for Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon
Item 8: Four Dream Poems
Item 9: Four Emily Dickinson Songs
Item 10: Four Emily Dickinson Songs
Item 11: Four Emily Dickinson Songs
Item 12: Four Emily Dickinson Songs
Item 13: Four Emily Dickinson Songs
Item 14: Four Inventions
Item 15: Four Inventions
Item 16: Four Inventions
Item 17: Four Inventions
Item 18: Four Poems by Walt Whitman
Item 19: Four Yeats Songs
Item 20: Six Miniatures and a Fantasia
Item 21: Six Miniatures and a Fantasia
Item 22: Six Miniatures and a Fantasia
Item 23: Six Significant Landscapes
Item 24: Six Significant Landscapes
Item 25: Lawrence University Wind Ensemble 5/18/86
Item 26: Biber/Blank Passacaglia
Item 27: Misha Quint
Item 28: American Composers Academy Concert, October 1987
Item 29: Putnam Recital
Item 30: Faculty Recital 4/11
Item 31: Rebecca S. Nagel, Oboe
Item 32: Virginia Commonwealth University, May 14, 1985
Item 33: Baroque String Ensemble
Item 34: The Richmond Community Orchestra, November 16, 1986
Item 35: The Richmond Community Orchestra, 1984-1985
Item 36: International Clarinet Society Conference, 1988
Box 39
Item 1: Quintet- Final Edit
Item 2: BX Arts Ensemble
Item 3: Seventieth Community Concert, August 11, 1981
Item 4: Shreveport Symphony Chamber Orchestra, May 13, 1984
Item 5: Stanley Hoffman
Item 6: Community Concert, January 13, 1987
Item 7: Yale School of Music Recording
Item 8: Yale School of Music Recording
Item 9: Yale School of Music Recording
Item 10: Unknown
Item 11: Corrente by Thomas Read, Enclosed in correspondence, July 7, 1986
Sub-Series 5: Miniature Tapes
Box 39
Item 1: Links
Item 2: Links
Item 3: Links
Sub-Series 6: LPs
Box 40
Item 1: Test Pressing (Music for Solo Violin: 1972; Esther’s Monologue for Soprano, oboe, viola and cello)
Item 2: May 9, 1977
Item 3: Rotation: A Study for Piano
Item 4: Test Pressing
Item 5: Man-One Family
Item 6: Seven Songs
Item 7: Seven Songs; String Quartet 1958
Item 8: Contemporary Music (Rotation)
Item 9: Contemporary Music (Rotation)
Item 10: The Iowa Brass Quintet (Two Studies)
Item 11: The Iowa Brass Quintet (Two Studies)
Item 12: Textures (Three Novelties for Alto Saxophone)
Item 13: Music for Solo Violin; Esther’s Monologue
Item 14: Music for Solo Violin; Esther’s Monologue
Item 15: The Roxbury Chamber Players (Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet)
Item 16: The Roxbury Chamber Players (Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet)
Item 17: Thirteen Ways of Looking At A Blackbird
Item 18: Thirteen Ways of Looking At A Blackbird
Item 19: Don Christlieb, Bassoon (2 Songs for Soprano and Bassoon)
Item 20: Scarborough Chamber Players (Four Poems on Texts by Emily Dickinson)
Item 21: Scarborough Chamber Players (Four Poems on Texts by Emily Dickinson)
Item 22: American Contemporary (Two Songs)
Item 23: American Contemporary (Two Songs)
Item 24: Music From Eastman (Duo for Bassoon and Piano)
Item 25: Music From Eastman (Duo for Bassoon and Piano)
Item 26: American Society of University Composers (Bicinium II)
Item 27: Madrigal for mixed voices
Item 28: We Arrive As Strangers
Sub-Series 7: Reel to Reels
Item 1: Reel #1: Utterances, Joan Stommer
Item 2: Reel #2: Utterances, Joan Stommer
Item 3: Bicinium II (clarinet and bassoon)
Item 4: Bicinium II (clarinet and bassoon) David Seyers, Clarinet; Kim Laskowski, Bassoon, May 25, 1976
Item 5: Bicinium II
Item 6: Bicinium II, May 25, 1976
Item 7: Bicinium II
Item 8: Blank-Levy
Item 9: Brass Quintet, 1974
Item 10: Coalitions
Item 11: Coalitions II Montana Saxophone Quartet
Item 12: Composer's Forum (Music for Piano; Three Related Pieces for Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon; Two Songs for Voice and Bassoon: Don’t Let that Horse eat that Violin, The Pennycandy store), October 17, 1964
Item 13: Composer's Forum (Two Studies for Brass Quintet; Rotation: A Study for Piano; Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird), July 26, 1973
Item 14: Dance Images for Solo Flute, April 21,1976
Item 15: Divertimento for Tuba University of Northern Colorado Wind Ensemble Eugene Corporon, Conductor
Item 16: Duo for Violin and Viola William Barbini, Violin; Eugene Becker, Viola, February 4, 1976
Item 17: Esther’s Monologue Marlee Sabo, Soprano; Stephen Coeham, oboe; Gerald Stanwick, viola; Richard Peepo, Cello Pro Musica Nova Concert Milwaukee, January 31, 1971
Item 18: Expansions and Contractions; Six Miniatures and a Fantasia, March 1973
Item 19: Faculty Composers Concert (Part I and II) Clarinet Pieces; Toccata
Item 20: Maggie, Milly, Molly, and May
Item 21: A Miscellany for Oboe and Violin (#1, 2, 3, 5, 9) Karen and George Riordan
Item 22: Moments in Time R. Roseman, oboe; G. Kalish, Piano, December 18, 1968
Item 23: Moments in Time Arthur White, Piano; George Riordan, oboe, April 1974
Item 24: Moments in Time January 16, 1977 Coalitions November 23, 1976
Item 25: Moments in Time: 3 Pieces for Oboe and Piano
Item 26: Music for Piano, 1962; Three Related Pieces for Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon; Two Songs for Voice and Bassoon; Composers Forum, October 17, 1964
Item 27: Music for Solo Violin, 1972
Item 28: Music for Violin
Item 29: Music for Violin, Stanley Hoffman, Violin, 1961
Item 30: Night Music; Songs by Miss Dean (Don’t let that horse eat that violin; Cupid and Campaspe; In Just; Buy me an ounce and I’ll sell you a pound)
Item 31: Paganini Caprice #24 for double wind quintet
Item 32: The Pleasures of Merely Circulating; Down by the Sally Gardens; To an isle in the water; Falling of the Leaves; Brown Penny; Buy me an ounce and I’ll sell you a pound; Somewhere I Have Never Travelled; There Was this Road; Cupid and Campaspe
Item 33: The Pleasures of Merely Circulating; Down by the Sally Gardens; To an isle in the water; Falling of the Leaves; Brown Penny; Buy me an ounce and I’ll sell you a pound; The Legs; There Was this Road; Cupid and Campaspe Anna Cate Blackman, soprano; Emily Nash Piano Four Bagatelles for Clarinet and oboe Henry C. Miller, Jr., Clarinet; Rotation: A Study for Piano
Item 34: The Pleasures of Merely Circulating; Cupid and Campaspe; Music for Violin, Stanley Hoffman, 1961
Item 35: Poem for Voice, Clarinet, Harp and Cello
Item 36: Reflections on the Epitaph of Seikilos for solo oboe
Item 37: Rotation; Music for Violin
Item 38: Rotation
Item 39: Rotation: A Study for Piano Julia Morgan, Piano
Item 40: Rotation Study for Piano Julia Morgan, Piano
Item 41: Saint Mary’s College Concert of Allan Blank
Item 42: Some Thank-You Notes
Item 43: Sound for David
Item 44: String Quartet (1958); Music for Violin; Rotation: A Study for Piano Matthew Raimondi, Violin; Joseph Rabuska, Violin; George Mester, Viola; Lorin Bernsohn, Cello; Julia Morgan, Piano
Item 45: Symphony for Brass Quintet
Item 46: Unmarked
Item 47: Unmarked
Item 48: Variations for Clarinet and Viola
Item 49: Variations for Clarinet and Viola, 1959-1960
Item 50: Variations for Clarinet and Viola May 17, 1961 Laurence Morgan, Clarinet; Henry Barrett, Viola; String Quartet, 1958 Composers Group N.Y.C. November 17, 1959
Item 51: Variations for Clarinet and Viola Laurence Morgan, Clarinet; Henry Barrett, Viola
Item 52: Two Holy Sonnets by John Donne
Item 53: Two Parables for Soprano, Viola, Violin; The Pleasures of Merely Circulating; Cupid and Campaspe; Music for Violin; Rotation
Item 54: Two Parables (Kafka) American Music Festival, 1964
Item 55: Two Parables
Item 56: Two Songs; Music for Violin
Item 57: Two Songs (The Pleasures of Merely Circulating; Cupid and Campaspe); Music for Violin 1961
Item 58: Three Canonic Miniatures for Two Clarinets
Item 59: Three Pieces for Solo Trumpet Paul Smoker, Solo Trumpet
Item 60: Three Pieces for Solo Trumpet Robert Levy, Trumpet
Item 61: Three Pieces for Solo Trumpet Robert Levy, Trumpet, January 4, 1977
Item 62: Three Related Pieces
Item 63: Four Bagatelles Brewster, January 1974
Item 64: Four Bagatelles George Riordan, oboe; Larry Tietze, clarinet; Moments in Time George Riordan, oboe; Arthur White, piano
Item 65: Four Dream Poems
Item 66: Four Pieces for Two Trumpets and Three Trombones
Item 67: Six Miniatures and a Fantasia (Premiere) Spokane Symphony
Item 68: Six Miniatures and a Fantasia
Item 69: Six Significant Landscapes Stanley Hoffman; Carol Lurie, January 26, 1974
Item 70: Six Significant Landscapes Contemporary Chamber Ensemble Carnegie Recital Hall Arthur Weisking
Item 71: Six Significant Landscapes Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
Item 72: Six Significant Landscapes Carol Lurie, Soprano; Del Segno Ensemble Stanley Hoffman, Musical Director, January 26, 1974
Item 73: Six Significant Landscapes Contemporary Chamber Ensemble Carnegie Recital Hall Arthur Weisking, Conducting, January 12, 1975
Item 74: Seven Songs (Down by the Sally Gardens; To an Isle in the Water; The Falling of Leaves; Brown Penny; Buy me an ounce and I’ll give you a pound; Somewhere I have never travelled; The Legs)
Item 75: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

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