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

3 BECOMING (2003)
A clar, cello, piano
4 BICINIUM (1974)
ob, bsn
5 BICINIUM 2 (1974)
cl, bsn
8 BRASS QUARTET (1974)
2tpt,2tbn
9 BRASS QUINTET (2005)
2 tpt, hn, tbn, tba
11 BUY ME AN OUNCE AND I'LL SELL YOU A POUND (1957)
vers A=med voice,pf: versB=satb,pf
12 CAT & THE WIND, THE (1979)
sop, pf
14 COALITIONS (1975)
sop, 2cl,tbn,2 perc,pf
15 COLLAGE (2005)
cl, pf
17 COMPOSITION FOR 11 PLAYERS (1964)
fl,cl,bcl, hn,tpt,tbn,hp,pf,vln,vcl,cb
18 CONCERT DUO (1977)
a sax, pf
19 CONCERT DUO IN 3 MOVEMENTS (1980)
tbn, hp
20 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
21 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
22 CONCERTINO FOR FIVE PLAYERS
pic/fl, cl/bcl,vln/vla,vcl,pf
23 CONCERTINO FOR OBOE AND STRING ORCHESTRA (2008)
Oboe, String orchestra
24 CONCERTINO FOR STRING ORCHESTRA (1987)
str orch

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

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I. Allegro -Excerpt - Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra - David Niethamer, clarinet
29 CONCERTO FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA (2002)
2222 4331 timp, perc (2), hp, pf, strings
30 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
31 CONTRASTS FOR SOLO ALTO SAX (2011)
alto sax
32 CUPID & CAMPASPE (1960)
med voice, pf
33 THE DALLIANCE OF THE EAGLES (2012)
male voice, piano
34 DIPTYCH (1996)
8 hn
35 DIVERSE PIECES, for pf (1980)
pf
38 DIVERTIMENTO, TUBA & SYMPH BAND (1979)
tuba & band:3-3-7-4(sax)-3,4-3(cor)-3-4-2,cb,cel,perc(4)
39 DUALISMS (1994)
vln,org

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Robert Murray, violin; Ardyth Lohuis, organ; 1st movement
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
47 ELEGY (1992)
vln, org
49 ENSEMBLES (2003)
brs quintet
50 ENVOI (1990)
sop, pf
53 FANFARE & OFFERING (1972)
carillon
54 FANTASY FOR BRASS TRIO (1975)
tpt,hn,tbn
55 FANTASY VARIATIONS ON THE TURKISH LADY (1991)
bcl, optional narrator
56 FINALE: MELANGE (1980)
sop/dance/spk,bar/dance/spk. tb,perc, pf
57 FIVE FOR THREE (2002)
oboe, clarinet in A, bassoon

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

02_skittish.mp3

First movement, "Skittish" Bruce Hammel, bassoon; Landon Bilyeu, piano
70 FOUR MINIATURES FOR SOLO ENGLISH HORN (2012)
solo English horn
71 FOUR PIECES FOR PIANO (1965)
pf
72 FOUR POEMS BY EMILY DICKINSON (1974)
Soprano, flute, clarinet

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Excerpt, Four Poems of Emily Dickinson by Allan Blank
73 Four Poems by Walt Whitman (1997)
Baritone, piano
75 FOUR SCENES for horn and piano (2009)
hrn, pf
76 Four Shorts for Solo Baritone Saxophone (2011)
solo baritone saxophone
77 FOUR STUDIES (1992)
cb
80 FOURTEEN SKETCHES (1980)
pf
81 FRIDAY EVENING SERVICE (1990)
Cantor, satb, vc, org, fl(opt)
82 HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR NICHOLAS (1982)
str qt
83 I AM ROSE (1964)
SSAA
85 I MISSED HIS BOOK BUT I READ HIS NAME (1980)
sop, bar, pf w/opt perc & opt tbn
87 IN JUST
high voice, pf
88 IN MEMORIAM (2011)
PIANO SOLO
89 IN MEMORIAM 9/11 (2002)
2 vla, 2 vc, 2 db, 2 perc
90 IN MEMORIAM for PIANO/ORGAN (2012)
piano or organ
92 INTERPLAY (1964)
2PF
97 Introduction and Two Movements (2009)
fl, cl, bsn
100 INTRODUCTION, SEVEN VIGNETTES, AND CONCLUSION (2008)
alto sax, contrabass

andrewkohn-allanblankworkswith-06-introduction_excerpt.mp3

excerpt from "Frisky" - with Andrew Kohn and Michael Ibrahim
102 JUDE (2010)
Solo singers, chorus, piano
103 JUMBLIES, THE (2003)
narrator/singer, cl, vc, pf
104 KREUTZER MARCH (arr) (1981)
band: pic-2-2-2-6-4sx, 4-3(cor)-3-3-euph,timp,perc, cb
105 THE LEGS (1957)
med voice, pf
106 LET ALL THE HORSES GO FREE (1989)
voice (male),pf
107 LINE DRAWINGS for soprano sax (2006)
Sop Sax in B-flat
108 LINES FROM PROVERBS (1974)
satb
109 MAGGIE, MILLY, MOLLY & MAY (1962)
ssa,pf for reh
110 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
114 MISCELLANY FOR CLAUDIA, A (1987)
pf/voice/actress(1). tapes,slides
117 MISCELLANY, A (1979)
ob,vln
118 MOODS OF IMAGINATION (2002)
pf, tpt
119 MUSIC FOR BRASS (2012)
3 Trumpets, 4 Horns, 3 Trombones, Tuba
120 MUSIC FOR MEASURE FOR MEASURE (1984)
2mez or alt,fl,vln, vcl, pf,gtr(or lute)
122 MUSIC FOR OTHELLO (1983)
bass-bar, alt (or mez), fl,cl,vcl (or tbn)
123 MUSIC FOR PIANO: 1962 (1962)
pf
124 MUSIC FOR SIX TRUMPETS (2004)
6 Tpts
125 MUSIC FOR SOLO CELLO NO. 2 (2010)
cello
126 MUSIC FOR SOLO VIOLA (2005)
viola
127 MUSIC FOR SOLO VIOLA II (2012)
viola
128 MUSIC FOR SOLO VIOLIN (1972)
vln
129 MUSIC FOR STRING ORCHESTRA (2007)
divisi strings 2 2 2 2 2
130 MUSIC FOR WOODWIND QUINTET (2004)
ww quintet
132 MUSICIAN for Soprano & Harp (1999)
sop, hp
133 MY LOVE IN HER ATTIRE (1988)
Male choir(TTBB), pf(reh)
134 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
135 NOTES IN AUTUMN (2003)
fl, ww quint
136 NOVEMBER LIGHT (1985)
hp
137 O HARK, O HEAR! For Trumpet & Strings (2003)
tpt (C, D, or Eb), str 5tet (2-1-1-1)
139 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
140 PASSACAGLIA (by H. Biber) (1989)
str orch
141 PEACE CANTATA (1989)
SATB, pf
142 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
144 PIANO QUARTET (2008)
vn,va,vc,pf
145 PLEASURES OF MERELY CIRCULATING, THE (1956)
med voice,pf
146 POEMS FROM THE HOLOCAUST (1996)
voice (mezzo/alto), contrabass, piano
147 POOR RICHARD'S ALMANAK (1986)
satb (pf for reh only)
149 QUINTET FOR ALTO SAXOPHONE AND STRING QUARTET (2012)
alto sax, string quartet
150 QUINTET FOR CLARINET & STRING QUARTET (1985)
cl, str quar
151 RE-STATEMENT OF ROMANCE (1973)
pf
152 RECITAL (1980)
sop,tba,pf
155 REMEMBRANCE for String Quartet (2008)
str quar
156 REVERIE (2007)
gtr
157 RING OUT (1972)
Carillon
158 SCENES FOR THE EAR (2006)
alto sax, tenor sax, and bari sax
159 SET OF OPPOSITES, A (2000)
vla, pf
160 SET OF OPPOSITES, A (2000)
vc, pf
167 SHOUT OF PRAISE, A (1993)
SATB
168 SIMPLE DAY, A (1973)
voice, pf
169 SING (1981)
TTBB
171 SIX MINIATURES for b flat clarinet (2005)
b flat cl
172 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
173 SIX STUDIES FOR PIANO-SET 1 (1992)
pf(left or right hand)
174 SIX STUDIES FOR PIANO-SET 2 (1993)
pf(left or right hand)
175 SIX STUDIES FOR TWO B-FLAT CLARINETS (1996)
2 B-FLAT CLARINETS
177 SOME FUNNIES & POEMS (1982)
pf,narr
178 SOME THANK-YOU NOTES (1970)
jazz band:5sax,4pt,4tbn,gtr,pf,drm
180 SONATA FOR PIANO (1992)
pf

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David Shaffer-Gottschalk, piano (excerpt)
183 SONATA FOR VIOLIN & PIANO (1999)
vln, pno
184 SONG CYCLE (2004)
S or mez S, pf
185 SONG OF HUITZILOPOCHTEL (1967)
bar or ten & pf
187 SONNET 43 (HOW DO I LOVE THEE?) (2004)
voice, piano
189 STRING QUARTET 1958 (1958)
str qrt:2-1-1
190 STRING QUARTET 1981 (1981)
str qrt2-1-1
191 STRING QUARTET 1989 (1992)
str qrt:2-1-1
192 String Quartet 1998 (1998)
str quar
193 STUDIES (1972)
vln
194 SUITE OF BAGATELLES, A (1989)
pf or hpschd
195 SUMMER 2011 (2011)
3333,3331,TIMP,PERC(2),HP,STRINGS
196 SUMMER FANTASY(Bicinium 6) (1993)
vln,vcl
197 SUMMER MUSIC(Bicinium 7) (1993)
2 vln
198 SUMMER NIGHTS (2003)
bsn, hn, strings 2-1-1-1
199 TEN STUDIES FOR VIOLA (2013)
vla
200 THIRTEEN MINIATURES FOR OBOE AND VIOLIN (2008)
oboe, violin
202 Three Briefs and Postlude (2013)
2 baritone saxophones
203 THREE DUOS FOR TWO CLARINETS IN A (2011)
2 clarinets in A
204 THREE DUOS FOR TWO TRUMPETS (2011)
2 trumpets in B flat
205 THREE ETUDES FOR VIOLIN (1980)
vln

12_no.2_mixtures.mp3

Mixtures, Etude No. 2, Eugene Gratovich, violin
206 THREE FOR STRING TRIO (2008)
vln, vla, vc
207 Three for Two for Clarinet and Piano (1999)
Clarinet (B-flat) and piano
208 THREE MINIATURES FOR THREE CLARINETS (2012)
1 Cl in Bb; 2 Cl in A
209 THREE MOVEMENTS FOR ORCHESTRA (2012)
2222 2200 TIMP PERC(1) STRINGS
210 THREE MOVEMENTS FOR PIANO 4 HANDS (2011)
piano 4 hands
211 THREE NOUNS (2002)
SATB a cappella
212 THREE ONE-NOTERS for 2 A Clarinets (1975)
2 A Clarinets
213 THREE PIECES FOR SOLO ALTO SAXOPHONE (2012)
alto sax in Eflat
214 THREE POEMS BY EMILY DICKINSON (2005)
med voice, fl, vc
216 THREE SONGS FOR CHILDREN'S CHORUS AND PIANO (2007)
Children's chorus, pf
217 THREE SONGS OF SHATTERING (1998)
S, fl, hp
218 Three Tableaux
Ob,Fl,Cl/BCl/Bsn,Hn,Tpt,Tb,Perc,Timp,Strings(4-2-2-2-1)
219 THREE VOCALIZATONS (1984)
SATB
220 THE TIDE RISES, THE TIDE FALLS (1994)
satb, pf
221 To my dear and loving husband (song) (2000)
S , or MzS, piano
222 TRIO (1983)
fl, vc, pf
223 TRIO FOR VIOLIN, BASSOON, AND PIANO (2012)
violin, bassoon, piano
224 TRIO No. 1 for Fl, Cl in A, and Piano (2013)
flute, clarinet in A, piano
225 TRIO NO. 2 FOR FL, CL IN A, PIANO (2013)
fl, cl in A, pf
226 TRIPTYCH (2011)
3333 4431 TIMP PERC (4) PIANO(CEL, HARM) HARP STRINGS
227 TWILIGHT (2011)
piano
229 TWO HOLY SONNETS BY JOHN DONNE (1977)
alt,ob/eh,vla,hp
230 TWO LITTLE KITTENS (1994)
2pt chil choir,pf
231 TWO PIECES FOR PIANO (1966)
pf
233 TWO STUDIES FOR BRASS QUINTET (1970)
brs quintet

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Excerpt, Iowa Brass Quintet Trilogy Records 1970s
234 THE TWO WITCHES (1964)
SSAA with piano
235 A TWOSOME FROLIC (1993)
vln,vcl
236 UNFOLDINGS (2006)
cl, vla, vcl
237 UTTERANCES:MUSIC FOR A FILM (1984)
13instru+satb vocalise
2 perc
238 V.B.NIMBLE, V.B.QUICK (1980)
sop,pf
239 VALERYE for Treble Voice and Piano (2006)
Treble voice, pf
240 VARIATIONS ON ' THE TURKISH LADY' (1992)
cb,pf

andrewkohn-allanblank-variationsonturkishlady_-_excerpt.mp3

excerpt - Variations on The Turkish Lady; Andrew Kohn and Rob Frankenberry
242 WAITING BOTH (1978)
sop,pf
243 WHAT BECAME OF THEM (1994)
two-pt children's choir,pf
244 WHEELS (1989)
7fl
245 WHEN I WAS ONE AND TWENTY (1956)
tenor, pf
246 WHITE DWARF (1980)
sop,pf,perc,dancer
247 ZULUS LIVE IN A LAND WITHOUT A SQUARE (1980)
sop,pf,perc,dancer

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