Allan Blank

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One of the most active composers in the ACA sales catalog, Allan Blank was born in New York in 1925. His early musical training was on the violin. He attended the High School of Music & Art where an interest in conducting and composition was fostered. Further studies were at the Juilliard School of Music (1945-1947), Washington Square College (BA, 1948), University of Minnesota (MA,1950) 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 a retired professor of composition at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

One of ACA's most often-requested composers by performers around the world, Allan Blank has over 60 published works distributed among the following publishers: Boosey & Hawkes, Associated Music Publishers, Carl Fischer & Co., Smith Publications, Theodore Presser & Co., Seesaw Music Corp., Music For Percussion, Dorn Publications, Nichols Music Co., Roncorp Inc., Falls House Press, Northeastern Publishers, International Opus, Frank Warren Music Service, and Association for the Promotion of New Music (APNM). A number of his works have been recorded and are available on the CRI, Orion, Advance, Open Loop, Centaur and Contemporary Record Society labels.

Recent awards include First Prize in the George Eastman Competition (1985) sponsored by the Eastman School of Music for his DUO FOR BASSOON & PIANO, and a grant (1985) from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of his one-act opera, THE MAGIC BONBONS. He was commissioned by the Virginia Shakespeare Festival at Williamsburg to write music for their production of Measure For Measure.

In 1985, he received a commission from the New York State Council on the Arts' Presenting Organization to write a clarinet quintet for the Roxburg Chamber Players. This work has been recorded and released on the OPUS ONE label. He has received four commissions (1979, 1988, 1991, 2007) from the Virginia Music Teachers Association. In 1988 he won both the ERIC SATIN MOSTLY TONAL AWARD for his string trio, FANTASY ON CANTILLATION MOTIVES, and the ANNUAL CHORAL COMPOSITION CONTEST sponsored by the Chautauqua Chamber Singers for his setting called POOR RICHARD'S ALMANACS.

In 1989 Prof. Blank was a winner in the LIND SOLO SONG COMPETITION sponsored by Cornell University, and in 1990 he was awarded a grant from the Virginia Commission of the Arts for his CONCERTO FOR CLARINET AND STRING ORCHESTRA.

He died in November 2013 in Richmond.

ACA List for Allan Blank

BECOMING (2003)
A clar, cello, piano
BICINIUM (1974)
ob, bsn
BICINIUM 2 (1974)
cl, bsn
BRASS QUARTET (1974)
2tpt,2tbn
BRASS QUINTET (2005)
2 tpt, hn, tbn, tba
BUY ME AN OUNCE AND I'LL SELL YOU A POUND (1957)
vers A=med voice,pf: versB=satb,pf
CAT & THE WIND, THE (1979)
sop, pf
COALITIONS (1975)
sop, 2cl,tbn,2 perc,pf
COLLAGE (2005)
cl, pf
COMPOSITION FOR 11 PLAYERS (1964)
fl,cl,bcl, hn,tpt,tbn,hp,pf,vln,vcl,cb
CONCERT DUO (1977)
a sax, pf
CONCERT PIECE for band (1964)
pic-1-1-EbCl-BbClSolo, 3 a cl-b cl-bsn-cbsn-4 sax (satb); Bbcor solo+3-4-1 bar-3-1, cb, perc
CONCERTINO FOR BASSOON & STRING ORCHESTRA (1984)
bsn, str orch

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Excerpt, finale section; Bruce Hammel, basson; Polish National Radio Symph Orch, Joel Eric Suben, conductor
CONCERTINO FOR FIVE PLAYERS
pic/fl, cl/bcl,vln/vla,vcl,pf
CONCERTINO FOR OBOE AND STRING ORCHESTRA (2008)
Oboe, String orchestra
CONCERTINO FOR STRING ORCHESTRA (1987)
str orch

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Excerpt, Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, Joel Eric Suben, conductor
Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra (1999)
ALTO SAX AND ORCHESTRA
CONCERTO FOR CLARINET & STRING ORCH (1990)
clarinet, str orch

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I. Allegro -Excerpt - Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra - David Niethamer, clarinet
CONCERTO FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA (2002)
2222 4331 timp, perc (2), hp, pf, strings
CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA (1995)
vln, orch: pic-2-2-1-2-1-2-1; 4-3-3-1; perc, hp, pf/celesta; str
CONTRASTS FOR SOLO ALTO SAX (2011)
alto sax
CUPID & CAMPASPE (1960)
med voice, pf
THE DALLIANCE OF THE EAGLES (2012)
male voice, piano
DIPTYCH (1996)
8 hn
DIVERTIMENTO, TUBA & SYMPH BAND (1979)
tuba & band:3-3-7-4(sax)-3,4-3(cor)-3-4-2,cb,cel,perc(4)
DUALISMS (1994)
vln,org

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Robert Murray, violin; Ardyth Lohuis, organ; 1st movement
Duo for Violin and Piano (2011)
vln, pf
DUO for violin and viola (1972)
VLN,VLA
ELEGY (1992)
vln, org
ENSEMBLES (2003)
brs quintet
ENVOI (1990)
sop, pf
FANFARE & OFFERING (1972)
carillon
FANTASY FOR BRASS TRIO (1975)
tpt,hn,tbn
FANTASY VARIATIONS ON THE TURKISH LADY (1991)
bcl, optional narrator
FINALE: MELANGE (1980)
sop/dance/spk,bar/dance/spk. tb,perc, pf
FIVE FOR THREE (2002)
oboe, clarinet, bassoon

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Five for Three 1st mvt; Rebecca Nagel, oboe
FIVE PIECES FOR CLARINET IN A (1993)
Solo 'A' Clarinet
FIVE PIECES FOR MARIMBA (2011)
marimba solo
FOR TWO PIANOS (2012)
2 pf
FOUR CHINESE POEMS (1991)
sop, alt ,chorus
FOUR DREAM POEMS (1976)
sop, cl, tpt, pf
Four Duos for Two Horns (2012)
2 HORNS
FOUR EASY PIECES (1953)
pf
FOUR INVENTIONS for bassoon and piano (1979)
bsn, pf

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First movement, "Skittish" Bruce Hammel, bassoon; Landon Bilyeu, piano
FOUR MINIATURES FOR SOLO ENGLISH HORN (2012)
solo English horn
FOUR POEMS BY EMILY DICKINSON (1974)
Soprano, flute, clarinet

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Excerpt, Four Poems of Emily Dickinson by Allan Blank
Four Poems by Walt Whitman (1997)
Baritone, piano
Four Shorts for Solo Baritone Saxophone (2011)
solo baritone saxophone
FOUR STUDIES (1992)
cb
FOURTEEN SKETCHES (1980)
pf
FRIDAY EVENING SERVICE (1990)
Cantor, satb, vc, org, fl(opt)
I AM ROSE (1964)
SSAA
I MISSED HIS BOOK BUT I READ HIS NAME (1980)
sop, bar, pf w/opt perc & opt tbn
IN JUST
high voice, pf
IN MEMORIAM (2011)
PIANO SOLO
IN MEMORIAM 9/11 (2002)
2 vla, 2 vc, 2 db, 2 perc
IN MEMORIAM for PIANO/ORGAN (2012)
piano or organ
INTERPLAY (1964)
2PF
Introduction and Two Movements (2009)
fl, cl, bsn
INTRODUCTION, SEVEN VIGNETTES, AND CONCLUSION (2008)
alto sax, contrabass
JUDE (2010)
Solo singers, chorus, piano
JUMBLIES, THE (2003)
narrator/singer, cl, vc, pf
KREUTZER MARCH (arr) (1981)
band: pic-2-2-2-6-4sx, 4-3(cor)-3-3-euph,timp,perc, cb
THE LEGS (1957)
med voice, pf
LET ALL THE HORSES GO FREE (1989)
voice (male),pf
LINE DRAWINGS for soprano sax (2006)
Sop Sax in B-flat
LINES FROM PROVERBS (1974)
satb
MAGGIE, MILLY, MOLLY & MAY (1962)
ssa,pf for reh
MAGIC BONBONS, THE (an Opera in 8 Scenes) (1983)
9 solo sing,satb, rec,2-2-eh-2-bcl-2-cbsn, 4-3-3-1,perc, offstage pf,cel,hp,str
MISCELLANY FOR CLAUDIA, A (1987)
pf/voice/actress(1). tapes,slides
MISCELLANY, A (1979)
ob,vln
MOODS OF IMAGINATION (2002)
pf, tpt
MUSIC FOR BRASS (2012)
3 Trumpets, 4 Horns, 3 Trombones, Tuba
MUSIC FOR MEASURE FOR MEASURE (1984)
2mez or alt,fl,vln, vcl, pf,gtr(or lute)
MUSIC FOR OTHELLO (1983)
bass-bar, alt (or mez), fl,cl,vcl (or tbn)
MUSIC FOR SOLO VIOLA (2005)
viola
MUSIC FOR STRING ORCHESTRA (2007)
divisi strings 2 2 2 2 2
MUSIC FOR WOODWIND QUINTET (2004)
ww quintet
MY LOVE IN HER ATTIRE (1988)
Male choir(TTBB), pf(reh)
THE NOISE, a one act Opera (1985)
sop, 2 mez,alt,b bar, bs & 1 actor,+orch:1/pic-1/eh-2/bcl-1, 1-1-1-0,perc,pf/cel, str qnt, tape
NOTES IN AUTUMN (2003)
fl, ww quint
NOVEMBER LIGHT (1985)
hp
O HARK, O HEAR! For Trumpet & Strings (2003)
tpt (C, D, or Eb), str 5tet (2-1-1-1)
OVERTURE FOR A HAPPY OCCASION (1987)
(orch) pic-2-2-2(a)-bcl-2,4-3(c)-3-1,4timp,4 perc,pf/cel,str
PASSACAGLIA (by H. Biber) (1989)
str orch
PEACE CANTATA (1989)
SATB, pf
PEACE CANTATA - SATB, orch version (1989)
satb, pic/3-2-ehn-2- bcl-2-cbsn,4-3-3-1,timp,perc(2),hp,pf,str
PIANO QUARTET (2008)
vn,va,vc,pf
POEMS FROM THE HOLOCAUST (1996)
voice (mezzo/alto), contrabass, piano
POOR RICHARD'S ALMANAK (1986)
satb (pf for reh only)
QUINTET FOR ALTO SAXOPHONE AND STRING QUARTET (2012)
alto sax, string quartet
RECITAL (1980)
sop,tba,pf
REVERIE (2007)
gtr
RING OUT (1972)
Carillon
SCENES FOR THE EAR (2006)
alto sax, tenor sax, and bari sax
SET OF OPPOSITES, A (2000)
vla, pf
SET OF OPPOSITES, A (2000)
vc, pf
SHOUT OF PRAISE, A (1993)
SATB
SIMPLE DAY, A (1973)
voice, pf
SING (1981)
TTBB
SIX SIGNIFICANT LANDSCAPES for soprano and chamber ensemble (1974)
1-1-1-bcl-1,1-1-1-0,mand,hp,perc,str 1-1-1-1, Soprano
SIX STUDIES FOR PIANO-SET 1 (1992)
pf(left or right hand)
SIX STUDIES FOR PIANO-SET 2 (1993)
pf(left or right hand)
SIX STUDIES FOR TWO B-FLAT CLARINETS (1996)
2 B-FLAT CLARINETS
SOME FUNNIES & POEMS (1982)
pf,narr
SOME THANK-YOU NOTES (1970)
jazz band:5sax,4pt,4tbn,gtr,pf,drm
SONATA FOR PIANO (1992)
pf

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David Shaffer-Gottschalk, piano (excerpt)
SONG CYCLE (2004)
S or mez S, pf
SONG OF HUITZILOPOCHTEL (1967)
bar or ten & pf
STRING QUARTET 1958 (1958)
str qrt:2-1-1
STRING QUARTET 1981 (1981)
str qrt2-1-1
STRING QUARTET 1989 (1992)
str qrt:2-1-1
String Quartet 1998 (1998)
str quar
STUDIES (1972)
vln
SUITE OF BAGATELLES, A (1989)
pf or hpschd
SUMMER 2011 (2011)
3333,3331,TIMP,PERC(2),HP,STRINGS
SUMMER NIGHTS (2003)
bsn, hn, strings 2-1-1-1
Three Briefs and Postlude (2013)
2 baritone saxophones
THREE DUOS FOR TWO CLARINETS IN A (2011)
2 clarinets in A
THREE DUOS FOR TWO TRUMPETS (2011)
2 trumpets in B flat
THREE ETUDES FOR VIOLIN (1980)
vln

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Mixtures, Etude No. 2, Eugene Gratovich, violin
THREE FOR STRING TRIO (2008)
vln, vla, vc
Three for Two for Clarinet and Piano (1999)
Clarinet (B-flat) and piano
THREE MINIATURES FOR THREE CLARINETS (2012)
1 Cl in Bb; 2 Cl in A
THREE MOVEMENTS FOR ORCHESTRA (2012)
2222 2200 TIMP PERC(1) STRINGS
THREE MOVEMENTS FOR PIANO 4 HANDS (2011)
piano 4 hands
THREE NOUNS (2002)
SATB a cappella
THREE PIECES FOR SOLO ALTO SAXOPHONE (2012)
alto sax in Eflat
THREE POEMS BY EMILY DICKINSON (2005)
med voice, fl, vc
THREE SONGS FOR CHILDREN'S CHORUS AND PIANO (2007)
Children's chorus, pf
THREE SONGS OF SHATTERING (1998)
S, fl, hp
Three Tableaux
Ob,Fl,Cl/BCl/Bsn,Hn,Tpt,Tb,Perc,Timp,Strings(4-2-2-2-1)
THREE VOCALIZATONS (1984)
SATB
To my dear and loving husband (song) (2000)
S , or MzS, piano
TRIO (1983)
fl, vc, pf
TRIO FOR VIOLIN, BASSOON, AND PIANO (2012)
violin, bassoon, piano
TRIO No. 1 for Fl, Cl in A, and Piano (2013)
flute, clarinet in A, piano
TRIO NO. 2 FOR FL, CL IN A, PIANO (2013)
fl, cl in A, pf
TRIPTYCH (2011)
3333 4431 TIMP PERC (4) PIANO(CEL, HARM) HARP STRINGS
TWILIGHT (2011)
piano
TWO HOLY SONNETS BY JOHN DONNE (1977)
alt,ob/eh,vla,hp
TWO LITTLE KITTENS (1994)
2pt chil choir,pf
TWO STUDIES FOR BRASS QUINTET (1970)
brs quintet

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Excerpt, Iowa Brass Quintet Trilogy Records 1970s
THE TWO WITCHES (1964)
SSAA with piano
A TWOSOME FROLIC (1993)
vln,vcl
UNFOLDINGS (2006)
cl, vla, vcl
UTTERANCES:MUSIC FOR A FILM (1984)
13instru+satb vocalise
2 perc
V.B.NIMBLE, V.B.QUICK (1980)
sop,pf
VALERYE for Treble Voice and Piano (2006)
Treble voice, pf
WAITING BOTH (1978)
sop,pf
WHAT BECAME OF THEM (1994)
two-pt children's choir,pf
WHEELS (1989)
7fl
WHEN I WAS ONE AND TWENTY (1956)
tenor, pf
WHITE DWARF (1980)
sop,pf,perc,dancer
ZULUS LIVE IN A LAND WITHOUT A SQUARE (1980)
sop,pf,perc,dancer

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