Allan Blank

Biography

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.

ACE Publications

276 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Allan Blank Nineteen Studies for Violin Violin
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Allan Blank Nine Studies for Bassoon Bassoon
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Allan Blank Interacting Patterns for Solo Bassoon -
bassoon
Allan Blank TRIO No. 1 for Fl, Cl in A, and Piano -
flute, clarinet in A, piano
Allan Blank TRIO NO. 2 FOR FL, CL IN A, PIANO -
fl, cl in A, pf
Allan Blank Three Briefs and Postlude -
2 baritone saxophones
Allan Blank TEN STUDIES FOR VIOLA Viola
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Allan Blank Introduction and Ten Episodes for Solo Violoncello -
solo cello
Allan Blank QUINTET FOR ALTO SAXOPHONE AND STRING QUARTET -
alto sax, string quartet
Allan Blank THREE MINIATURES FOR THREE CLARINETS -
1 Cl in Bb; 2 Cl in A
Allan Blank MUSIC FOR SOLO VIOLA II -
viola
Allan Blank FOUR MINIATURES FOR SOLO ENGLISH HORN -
solo English horn
Allan Blank Four Duos for Two Horns -
2 HORNS
Allan Blank COMMENTARIES FOR SOLO FLUTE -
fl
Allan Blank THREE PIECES FOR SOLO ALTO SAXOPHONE alto sax in Eflat
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Allan Blank INTERVAL STUDIES FOR PIANO -
pf
Allan Blank TRIO FOR VIOLIN, BASSOON, AND PIANO violin, bassoon, piano
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Allan Blank IN MEMORIAM for PIANO/ORGAN -
piano or organ
Allan Blank THREE MOVEMENTS FOR ORCHESTRA -
2222 2200 TIMP PERC(1) STRINGS
Allan Blank MUSIC FOR BRASS 3 Trumpets, 4 Horns, 3 Trombones, Tuba
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Allan Blank DALLIANCE OF EAGLES -
male voice, piano
Allan Blank FOR TWO PIANOS -
2 pf
Allan Blank SUMMER 2011 3333,3331,TIMP,PERC(2),HP,STRINGS
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Allan Blank Duo for Violin and Piano -
vln, pf
Allan Blank THREE DUOS FOR TWO CLARINETS IN A -
2 clarinets in A

Additional Works

Published by Additional Non-BMI Publishers:

  • AROUND THE CLOCK (aka: COALITIONS III)
  • COALITIONS II
  • DANCE IMAGES FOR SOLO FLUTE
  • FOUR BAGATELLES for Flute, Clarinet & Bassoon
  • FOUR BAGATELLES for Oboe & Clarinet
  • MELODIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
  • POLYMORPHICS FOR DOUBLE WOODWIND QUINTET
  • SNAPSHOTS (A SUITE OF FIVE FOR SOLO FLUTE)
  • TWO PIECES FOR SOLO CLARINET

Published by ASSOC PROM NEW MUSIC

  • LINES BY HORACE
  • MUSIC FOR SOLO CELLO
  • THREE PIECES FOR SOLO GUITAR
  • DOWN BY THE SALLY GARDENS (FOUR YEATS SONGS)

Published by ASSOCIATED MUSIC PUBLISHERS INC

  • TWO PARABLES BY FRANZ KAFKA

Published by BASSOON HERITAGE EDITION INC

  • THREE BAGATELLES FOR SOLO BASSOON

Published by MERION MUSIC INC.

  • MEDITATION FOR OGRAN

Published by MUSIC FOR PERCUSSION INC.

  • CEREMONIES

Published by NEEDHAM PUBLISHING CORP.

  • THREE NOVELTIES

Published by RONCORP Publications

  • AROUND THE TURKISH LADY
  • BICINIUM IV (aka: GAME IN SPACE)
  • BICINIUM V (aka: THREE BONQUETS)

Published by SONIC ART EDITIONS

  • BEING: THREE VIGNETTES FOR SOPRANO AND CLARINET IN A
  • ROTATION: A STUDY FOR PIANO

Published by SONOTON METRO PARK [non BMI]

  • BICINIUM III

Published by SUBITO MUSIC

  • EXCITEMENT AT THE CIRCUS
  • FROGS, THE