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Allan Blank Papers, 1958-2009, undated | Music Special Collections

By Jessica Mirasol in January 2010

Collection Overview

Title: Allan Blank Papers, 1958-2009, undated

ID: 00.1/DCR MG 5

Primary Creator: Blank, Allan (1925-2013)

Extent: 60.0 Linear Feet

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: American String Teachers Association, Association for the Promotion of New Music, Blank, Allan, 1925-, Hampton Roads Region (Va.), Music--United States--20th century, National Endowment for the Arts, Old Dominion University, Opera--Juvenile, Operas, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Richmond (Va.), Virginia Commission on the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth Universtiy, Virginia Music Educators Association, Vocal Music--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

American String Teachers Association
Association for the Promotion of New Music
Blank, Allan, 1925-
Hampton Roads Region (Va.)
Music--United States--20th century
National Endowment for the Arts
Old Dominion University
Opera--Juvenile
Operas
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Richmond (Va.)
Virginia Commission on the Arts
Virginia Commonwealth Universtiy
Virginia Music Educators Association
Vocal Music--20th century

Administrative Information

Repository: Music Special Collections

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

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

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 [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Allan Blank Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Old Dominion University Libraries.

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 I: Original Compositions, 1958-1998, undated],
[Series II: Sketches and Sketchbooks, 1963-1994, undated],
[Series III: Correspondence, 1969-2008, undated],
[Series IV: Programs, 1965-2009, undated],
[Series V: Publicity, 1979-2006, undated],
[Series VI: Personal and Professional Reference Materials, 1981-2009, undated],
[Series VII: Videos and Recordings, 1958-2005, undated],
[All]

Series V: Publicity, 1979-2006, undated
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, undated

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Original Compositions, 1958-1998, undated],
[Series II: Sketches and Sketchbooks, 1963-1994, undated],
[Series III: Correspondence, 1969-2008, undated],
[Series IV: Programs, 1965-2009, undated],
[Series V: Publicity, 1979-2006, undated],
[Series VI: Personal and Professional Reference Materials, 1981-2009, undated],
[Series VII: Videos and Recordings, 1958-2005, undated],
[All]

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