Allan Blank

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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.

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3 AUTUMN
flute, string quartet

4 BECOMING (2003)
A clar, cello, piano

5 BICINIUM (1974)
ob, bsn

6 BICINIUM 2 (1974)
cl, bsn

9 BRASS QUARTET (1974)
2tpt,2tbn

10 BRASS QUINTET (2005)
2 tpt, hn, tbn, tba

12 BUY ME AN OUNCE AND I'LL SELL YOU A POUND (1957)
vers A=med voice,pf: versB=satb,pf

13 CAT & THE WIND, THE (1979)
sop, pf

15 COALITIONS (1975)
sop, 2cl,tbn,2 perc,pf

16 COLLAGE (2005)
cl, pf

18 COMPOSITION FOR 11 PLAYERS (1964)
fl,cl,bcl, hn,tpt,tbn,hp,pf,vln,vcl,cb

19 CONCERT DUO (1977)
a sax, pf

20 CONCERT DUO IN 3 MOVEMENTS (1980)
tbn, hp

21 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

23 CONCERTINO FOR FIVE PLAYERS
pic/fl, cl/bcl,vln/vla,vcl,pf

24 CONCERTINO FOR OBOE AND STRING ORCHESTRA (2008)
Oboe, String orchestra

26 Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra (1999)
ALTO SAX AND ORCHESTRA

30 CONCERTO FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA (2002)
2222 4331 timp, perc (2), hp, pf, strings

31 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

32 CONTRASTS FOR SOLO ALTO SAX (2011)
alto sax

33 CUPID & CAMPASPE (1960)
med voice, pf

34 THE DALLIANCE OF THE EAGLES (2012)
male voice, piano

35 DIPTYCH (1996)
8 hn

36 DIVERSE PIECES, for pf (1980)
pf

39 DIVERTIMENTO, TUBA & SYMPH BAND (1979)
tuba & band:3-3-7-4(sax)-3,4-3(cor)-3-4-2,cb,cel,perc(4)

43 DUO for bassoon and piano (1979)
bsn,pf

44 Duo for Violin and Piano (2011)
vln, pf

45 DUO for violin and viola (1972)
VLN,VLA

48 ELEGY (1992)
vln, org

50 ENSEMBLES (2003)
brs quintet

51 ENVOI (1990)
sop, pf

54 FANFARE & OFFERING (1972)
carillon

55 FANTASY FOR BRASS TRIO (1975)
tpt,hn,tbn

56 FANTASY VARIATIONS ON THE TURKISH LADY (1991)
bcl, optional narrator

57 FINALE: MELANGE (1980)
sop/dance/spk,bar/dance/spk. tb,perc, pf

58 FIVE FOR THREE (2002)
oboe, clarinet in A, bassoon

60 FIVE PIECES FOR CLARINET IN A (1993)
Solo 'A' Clarinet

61 FIVE PIECES FOR MARIMBA (2011)
marimba solo

64 FOR TWO PIANOS (2012)
2 pf

65 FOUR CHINESE POEMS (1991)
sop, alt ,chorus

66 FOUR DREAM POEMS (1976)
sop, cl, tpt, pf

67 Four Duos for Two Horns (2012)
2 HORNS

68 FOUR EASY PIECES (1953)
pf

71 FOUR MINIATURES FOR SOLO ENGLISH HORN (2012)
solo English horn

72 FOUR PIECES FOR PIANO (1965)
pf

74 Four Poems by Walt Whitman (1997)
Baritone, piano

76 FOUR SCENES for horn and piano (2009)
hrn, pf

77 Four Shorts for Solo Baritone Saxophone (2011)
solo baritone saxophone

78 FOUR STUDIES (1992)
cb

81 FOURTEEN SKETCHES (1980)
pf

82 FRIDAY EVENING SERVICE (1990)
Cantor, satb, vc, org, fl(opt)

83 HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR NICHOLAS (1982)
str qt

84 I AM ROSE (1964)
SSAA

86 I MISSED HIS BOOK BUT I READ HIS NAME (1980)
sop, bar, pf w/opt perc & opt tbn

88 IN JUST
high voice, pf

89 IN MEMORIAM (2011)
PIANO SOLO

90 IN MEMORIAM 9/11 (2002)
2 vla, 2 vc, 2 db, 2 perc

91 IN MEMORIAM for PIANO/ORGAN (2012)
piano or organ

93 INTERPLAY (1964)
2 pf

98 Introduction and Two Movements (2009)
fl, cl in A, bsn

103 JUDE (2010)
Solo singers, chorus, piano

104 THE JUMBLIES (2003)
narrator/singer, cl in A, vcl, pf

105 KREUTZER MARCH (arr) (1981)
band: pic-2-2-2-6-4sx, 4-3(cor)-3-3-euph,timp,perc, cb

106 THE LEGS (1957)
med voice, pf

107 LET ALL THE HORSES GO FREE (1989)
voice (male),pf

108 LINE DRAWINGS for soprano sax (2006)
Sop Sax in B-flat

109 LINES FROM PROVERBS (1974)
satb

110 MAGGIE, MILLY, MOLLY & MAY (1962)
ssa,pf for reh

111 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

115 MISCELLANY FOR CLAUDIA, A (1987)
pf/voice/actress(1). tapes,slides

118 MISCELLANY, A (1979)
ob,vln

119 MOODS OF IMAGINATION (2002)
pf, tpt

120 MUSIC FOR BRASS (2012)
3 Trumpets, 4 Horns, 3 Trombones, Tuba

121 MUSIC FOR MEASURE FOR MEASURE (1984)
2mez or alt,fl,vln, vcl, pf,gtr(or lute)

123 MUSIC FOR OTHELLO (1983)
bass-bar, alt (or mez), fl,cl,vcl (or tbn)

124 MUSIC FOR PIANO: 1962 (1962)
pf

125 MUSIC FOR SIX TRUMPETS (2004)
6 Tpts

126 MUSIC FOR SOLO CELLO NO. 2 (2010)
cello

127 MUSIC FOR SOLO VIOLA (2005)
viola

128 MUSIC FOR SOLO VIOLA II (2012)
viola

129 MUSIC FOR SOLO VIOLIN (1972)
vln

130 MUSIC FOR STRING ORCHESTRA (2007)
divisi strings 2 2 2 2 2

131 MUSIC FOR WOODWIND QUINTET (2004)
ww quintet

133 MUSICIAN for Soprano & Harp (1999)
sop, hp

134 MY LOVE IN HER ATTIRE (1988)
Male choir(TTBB), pf(reh)

135 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

136 NOTES IN AUTUMN (2003)
fl, string quartet

137 NOVEMBER LIGHT (1985)
hp

138 O HARK, O HEAR! For Trumpet & Strings (2003)
tpt (C, D, or Eb), str 5tet (2-1-1-1)

140 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

141 PASSACAGLIA (by H. Biber) (1989)
str orch

142 PEACE CANTATA (1989)
SATB, pf

143 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

145 PIANO QUARTET (2008)
vn,va,vc,pf

146 PLEASURES OF MERELY CIRCULATING, THE (1956)
med voice,pf

147 POEMS FROM THE HOLOCAUST (1996)
voice (mezzo/alto), contrabass, piano

148 POOR RICHARD'S ALMANAK (1986)
satb (pf for reh only)

150 QUINTET FOR ALTO SAXOPHONE AND STRING QUARTET (2012)
alto sax, string quartet

151 QUINTET FOR CLARINET & STRING QUARTET (1985)
cl, str quar

152 RE-STATEMENT OF ROMANCE (1973)
pf

153 RECITAL (1980)
sop,tba,pf

156 REMEMBRANCE for String Quartet (2008)
str quar

157 REVERIE (2007)
gtr

158 RING OUT (1972)
Carillon

159 SCENES FOR THE EAR (2006)
alto sax, tenor sax, and bari sax

160 SET OF OPPOSITES, A (2000)
vla, pf

161 SET OF OPPOSITES, A (2000)
vc, pf

168 SHOUT OF PRAISE, A (1993)
SATB

169 SIMPLE DAY, A (1973)
voice, pf

170 SING (1981)
TTBB

172 SIX MINIATURES for b flat clarinet (2005)
b flat cl

173 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

174 SIX STUDIES FOR PIANO-SET 1 (1992)
pf(left or right hand)

175 SIX STUDIES FOR PIANO-SET 2 (1993)
pf(left or right hand)

176 SIX STUDIES FOR TWO B-FLAT CLARINETS (1996)
2 B-FLAT CLARINETS

178 SOME FUNNIES & POEMS (1982)
pf,narr

179 SOME THANK-YOU NOTES (1970)
jazz band:5sax,4pt,4tbn,gtr,pf,drm

184 SONATA FOR VIOLIN & PIANO (1999)
vln, pno

185 SONG CYCLE (2004)
S or mez S, pf

186 SONG OF HUITZILOPOCHTEL (1967)
bar or ten & pf

188 SONNET 43 (HOW DO I LOVE THEE?) (2004)
voice, piano

190 STRING QUARTET 1958 (1958)
str qrt:2-1-1

191 STRING QUARTET 1981 (1981)
str qrt2-1-1

193 String Quartet 1998 (1998)
str quar

194 STUDIES (1972)
vln

195 SUITE OF BAGATELLES, A (1989)
pf or hpschd

196 SUMMER 2011 (2011)
3333,3331,TIMP,PERC(2),HP,STRINGS

197 SUMMER FANTASY(Bicinium 6) (1993)
vln,vcl

199 SUMMER NIGHTS (2003)
bsn, hn, strings 2-1-1-1

200 TEN STUDIES FOR VIOLA (2013)
vla

201 THIRTEEN MINIATURES FOR OBOE AND VIOLIN (2008)
oboe, violin

203 Three Briefs and Postlude (2013)
2 baritone saxophones

204 THREE DUOS FOR TWO CLARINETS IN A (2011)
2 clarinets in A

205 THREE DUOS FOR TWO TRUMPETS (2011)
2 trumpets in B flat

207 THREE FOR STRING TRIO (2008)
vln, vla, vc

208 Three for Two for Clarinet and Piano (1999)
Clarinet (B-flat) and piano

209 THREE MINIATURES FOR THREE CLARINETS (2012)
1 Cl in Bb; 2 Cl in A

210 THREE MOVEMENTS FOR ORCHESTRA (2012)
2222 2200 TIMP PERC(1) STRINGS

211 THREE MOVEMENTS FOR PIANO 4 HANDS (2011)
piano 4 hands

212 THREE NOUNS (2002)
SATB a cappella

213 THREE ONE-NOTERS for 2 A Clarinets (1975)
2 A Clarinets

214 THREE PIECES FOR SOLO ALTO SAXOPHONE (2012)
alto sax in Eflat

215 THREE POEMS BY EMILY DICKINSON (2005)
med voice, fl, vc

217 THREE SONGS FOR CHILDREN'S CHORUS AND PIANO (2007)
Children's chorus, pf

218 THREE SONGS OF SHATTERING (1998)
S, fl, hp

219 Three Tableaux
Ob,Fl,Cl/BCl/Bsn,Hn,Tpt,Tb,Perc,Timp,Strings(4-2-2-2-1)

220 THREE VOCALIZATONS (1984)
SATB

221 THE TIDE RISES, THE TIDE FALLS (1994)
satb, pf

222 To my dear and loving husband (song) (2000)
S , or MzS, piano

223 TRIO (1983)
fl, vc, pf

224 TRIO FOR VIOLIN, BASSOON, AND PIANO (2012)
violin, bassoon, piano

225 TRIO No. 1 for Fl, Cl in A, and Piano (2013)
flute, clarinet in A, piano

226 TRIO NO. 2 FOR FL, CL IN A, PIANO (2013)
fl, cl in A, pf

227 TRIPTYCH (2011)
3333 4431 TIMP PERC (4) PIANO(CEL, HARM) HARP STRINGS

228 TWILIGHT (2011)
piano

230 TWO HOLY SONNETS BY JOHN DONNE (1977)
alt,ob/eh,vla,hp

231 TWO LITTLE KITTENS (1994)
2pt chil choir,pf

232 TWO PIECES FOR PIANO (1966)
pf

235 THE TWO WITCHES (1964)
SSAA with piano

236 A TWOSOME FROLIC (1993)
vln,vcl

237 UNFOLDINGS (2006)
cl, vla, vcl

238 UTTERANCES:MUSIC FOR A FILM (1984)
13instru+satb vocalise
2 perc

239 V.B.NIMBLE, V.B.QUICK (1980)
sop,pf

240 VALERYE for Treble Voice and Piano (2006)
Treble voice, pf

243 WAITING BOTH (1978)
sop,pf

244 WHAT BECAME OF THEM (1994)
two-pt children's choir,pf

245 WHEELS (1989)
7 fl

246 WHEN I WAS ONE AND TWENTY (1956)
tenor, pf

247 WHITE DWARF (1980)
sop,pf,perc,dancer

248 ZULUS LIVE IN A LAND WITHOUT A SQUARE (1980)
sop,pf,perc,dancer

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