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[caption id="attachment_277" align="aligncenter" width="225"] 'J.S. Bach Choral Works' book, the Allan Blank Papers Collection[/caption] What I find interesting is that music is continually evolving, yet musicians continually find inspiration in t (More)
[caption id="attachment_282" align="aligncenter" width="300"] From a Notebook of Sketches dated 12/19/86, The Allan Blank Papers Collection[/caption] Stay Sassy Norfolk! (More)
Happy International Archives Day! In celebration I will answer a question posed to be a few months ago. What was the most difficult part of your job? Since, my work is comprised primarily of processing the Allan Blank Papers Collection I thought I (More)
I'm not going to lie, I was absolutely confused when I saw a score that began with a bass clef. How on earth was I going to classify composition starting with a bass clef? Was it even a score? Was it a sketch? Did I have to rethink my entire series c (More)
Over the weekend, I visited the Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in Colonial Williamsburg. There, I was greeted by a fantastic exhibit of harpsichords and piano fortes. Usually, when I think of the harpsichord, I envision men in powdered wigs an (More)
According to the sketches I've found so far, Allan Blank decided in the mid-1980's to write music for children. His compositions were meant for a children's chorus accompanied by a piano. After finding a poem or nursery rhyme, Mr. Blank would then (More)
About a week ago, I found a letter written to Allan Blank from bassist David Murray. In the letter, Professor Murray asks Mr. Blank if he would be interested in writing a piece for the bass and perhaps either the piano, or bassoon. [caption id (More)
Wow, I think I just stumbled across my new favorite song! The composition is from an opera called 'Love at Any Age', which describes the love lives of three generations of women. I have yet to find a completed score, however I'm on a mission to fin (More)
Do your loved ones simply recycle all that paper? Perhaps they take it home and leave it in a box at the bottom of a closet? Maybe, they leave the paperwork in the attic for the next homeowner to find? Who knows? Yet, possibly, you are proactive with (More)
Who was Allan Blank besides a man who filled over forty boxes with papers? Well, a few weeks ago I had the pleasure to correspond with several of Allan Blank's former colleagues, friends and even family. What I discovered is the person behind the (More)
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I have said it before and I will probably say it again...Dr. Blank composed on any random paper he could find! Below is the perfect example. The note is regarding the publishing of his score "Four Poems By Emily Dickinson", it includes a bit o (More)
[caption id="attachment_196" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Photo Courtesy of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music[/caption] Frank Zappa once commented that the bassoon has “…a medieval aroma…” and after hearing the bassoon, I definit (More)
"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?"—J.B. Priestley     (More)