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Allan Blank Papers, 1958-2009 | Music Special Collections

By Jessica Mirasol in January 2010

Collection Overview

Title: Allan Blank Papers, 1958-2009Add to your cart.

Collection Identifier: DCR MG 5

Primary Creator: Blank, Allan (1925-)

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.

Currently he is 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.

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],
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Series 2: Sketches and SketchbooksAdd to your cart.
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 16Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Concertino for Oboe and String OrchestraAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Two Pieces for Alto Sax and PianoAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Sketchbook, 1984-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Sketchbook, February 4, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Sketchbook, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Sketchbook, 1989Add to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Unknown SketchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Unknown SketchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Unknown SketchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Unknown SketchesAdd to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sketchbook, 1963-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Sketchbook, February 24, 1966- June 20, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Sketchbook, December 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Sketchbook, April 1976- July 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Sketchbook, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Sketchbook, 1978Add to your cart.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sketchbook, 1980-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Sketchbook, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Sketchbook, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Sketchbook, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Sketchbook, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Sketchbook, 1992-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Two Articulation Studies for David van HoesenAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Two Pieces for Solo ClarinetAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Two Sketches for Two EuphoniumsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Three for String TrioAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Three One-NotersAdd to your cart.
Box 20Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Three Sketches for Bassett HornAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Three Songs of ShatteringAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Three WindgramsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Four Bagatelles for Flute, Clarinet, and BassoonAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Four Miniatures and a Refrain for Bass TromboneAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Four Poems by Walt WhitmanAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Five Lines for French HornAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Five Sketches for Alto SaxophoneAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Five Sketches for Alto SaxophoneAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Six Miniatures for Bb ClarinetAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Arabesques/SproutsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: DiptychAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Duo Concertante Violin and PianoAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: EscapadesAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: The Falling of the LeavesAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: In MemoriumAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Incomplete Sketch: Four Chinese PoemsAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Incomplete Sketch: Four Poems Walt WhitmanAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: InterplayAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: InterplayAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Interplay (Movement II)Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Interval Studies for ViolinAdd to your cart.
Box 21Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Jane Kenyon SongsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: LinksAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: The Magic BonbonsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: The Magic Bonbons Scenes I-IVAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: The Magic Bonbons Scene VAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: The Magic Bonbons Scene VIIAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: The Magic Bonbons Scene VIIIAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Meditation for PianoAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Music for ViolinAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Oboe and Strings Movement I, II, and IIIAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Orr SongsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Orr SongsAdd to your cart.
Box 22Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Piano Quartet Movement I, II, and IIIAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Piece for Two FlutesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Playtime for Flute and PianoAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: The Pleasures of Merely CirculatingAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Saxophone QuartetAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Scenes for the EarAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: SoliliquyAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: SongAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: SongAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: To An Isle in the WaterAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Trio for Flute, Violin, and HarpsichordAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: UnfoldingAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: ValeryeAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: VicissitudesAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: VignettesAdd to your cart.

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]

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