About Allan Small
Born Elias Schreibman, Allan Small began taking piano lessons at the age of 11 and after several years began playing with dance bands in the Catskill Mountain hotels during the summer months. He later directed his own ten-piece band at the Arcadia Ballroom on Broadway and 53rd Street in New York City.
Self-taught in harmony, orchestration, counterpoint and thematic development, Mr. Small's musical arrangement credits include the music of such notables as Andre Kostelanetz, Morton Gould, Paul Whiteman, RCA Victor Records, several Broadway musicals and many well known vocalists. All of the scores that he wrote for Andre Kostelanetz are now in the Library of Congress.
In the '50s and '60s Mr. Small was active as a piano teacher and published his own music under the name of Schreibman Press. This successful company, which eventually became Claire Music, was bought by Alfred Music Publishing. Alfred currently offers over 30 music books arranged or written by Allan Small. After retiring, Mr. Small began writing symphonic compositions, all of which are published by Carl Fischer Music Publishers in New York City.
Mr. Small was a member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 802 and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Several orchestras have performed his original compositions, including the Boca Century Symphonic Orchestra under the leadership of Frederick Leitner. In 1994 Mr. Small became conductor, arranger and composer for the Florida Mandolin Orchestra, a small group of mandolinists that sought a more serious approach to music. He wrote music for the Utopia String Ensemble as well.
Mr. Small, who passed away on January 17, 1998, was also a painter and studied at the Art Students League in New York. A quiet, unassuming gentleman, Allan Small's musical and artistic ability are his legacy to the world.