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Violin concerto

Started this discussion. Last reply by Serenity Laine Feb 14. 28 Replies

Hi, hope you are all well! I know it's been a while since I've posted anything– just been busy here.  Seems there's a lot of fugues going around too :)Anyway, I'm now finished with this concerto and…Continue

A couple of fugues

Started this discussion. Last reply by H. S. Teoh Sep 2, 2016. 3 Replies

Since people have been posting fugues, I figured I'd post mine– here's two!  Recordings are in the comments.  Continue

Forlane (Ravel) orchestration

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lara Poe Aug 6, 2016. 6 Replies

Figured this would be interesting– I reorchestrated Forlane from Ravel's Tombeau de Couperin for an orchestration class.  Had a lot of fun with this.  …Continue

Divergence– string quartet

Started this discussion. Last reply by Serenity Laine Oct 2, 2016. 26 Replies

Hi all, I think I posted the second and third movements of this string quartet a while ago.  Well, here's the rest of it.  Sorry I've been gone so long and sorry I haven't gotten around to posting…Continue


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Lara Poe replied to Lara Poe's discussion Violin concerto
"Thanks for the suggestions!  In the first entry point, I wanted the violin to blend with the rest of the ensemble, and be more prominent when it plays alone.  As for tempo variation, I think part of the issues in organicism come from the…"
Feb 12
Lara Poe replied to eboats's discussion Letting the music breathe
"eboats, if that strategy works, that's great!  One thing a previous composition prof of mine taught me is to try to sing it and see if the phrasing works or it breathes.   As far as moving before several ideas too fast (which is…"
Feb 5
Lara Poe replied to Gav Brown's discussion CF new proposed contest - EMOTION - call for opinions
"How about nostalgia?"
Feb 4
Lara Poe replied to Lara Poe's discussion Violin concerto
"Hi Art, I will be posting the piece to Soundcloud once I have a proper recording!  For now, I have put audio files up on google drive, as people seemed to be having issues with midi.  Again, note that the quarter tones (which are a big…"
Feb 4
Art Lowell replied to Lara Poe's discussion Violin concerto
"Hi, Lara, You're midi clips opened right up in my Logic Pro. It sounded interesting and promising, but for some reason, your ESX24 solo violin voice was missing (although I do have that solo violin audio unit). Since you have Logic, I would…"
Feb 1
Ingo Lee replied to Lara Poe's discussion Violin concerto
"@ HS. I entirely agree, Lara's piece has subtleties that probably only can be fully appreciated in a live performance. In general though I think digital reproduction is a good tool for all composers and will only get better in the future. Of…"
Jan 31
H. S. Teoh replied to Lara Poe's discussion Violin concerto
"@Ingo: Lara is getting a live performance of this concerto in the near future, so VSTs are probably not very high up her priority list right now.  Personally, I'm waiting for the live recording before I review this piece, because the…"
Jan 31
Lara Poe replied to Lara Poe's discussion Violin concerto
"Hi Ingo, I can export audio files.  There are a couple reasons I posted a midi file– one is so people can listen with their own VSTs, another is because the audio files would be massive and I'd have to upload them somewhere…"
Jan 30
Lara Poe replied to Elizabeth Louise Watson's discussion So I guess this is hello...
"Welcome Elizabeth!  Hope you're enjoying this forum.   I like your melodic ideas.  The chords fit well with them in terms of harmony, but there is more you can do to them.  For instance, you could try different voicings of…"
Jan 30
Ingo Lee replied to Lara Poe's discussion Violin concerto
"Hi Lara, I don't know your workflow but if you're using Sibelius or Finale you should be able to export an audio file that can be a reasonable facsimile of your work.  That's what I should have said when I requested a 'midi…"
Jan 30
Lara Poe replied to Lara Poe's discussion Violin concerto
"I'll check the XML possibility.  The reason I posted midi is so that anyone, regardless of notation software or DAW, could open it.  There is a pdf that I've cleaned up though, and you can refer to it if there are issues with the…"
Jan 30
H. S. Teoh replied to Lara Poe's discussion Violin concerto
"Never trust notation that's generated from a midi file; midi files contain too little information to reliably reproduce a correct score. It would give you some idea about what's going on, but it's more often than note full of oddities…"
Jan 30
Lara Poe replied to David Lilly's discussion Writing at a fast tempo frustrations
"As SHAO and Driscoll have already said, thinking in groupings of notes is important.  Fast music goes by quicker than it looks, especially since it often takes more time to write out! And Mike gives some very good advice as well.   One…"
Jan 30
Lara Poe replied to Lara Poe's discussion Violin concerto
"Bob, thanks for the input!   Where are the spots in question that you are talking about?  I don't recall putting the second violin into alto clef (although I know the violas are in alto clef).  As for the low trumpet notes,…"
Jan 30
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Jan 29
Lara Poe replied to Lara Poe's discussion Violin concerto
"Thanks Mike!  And yes, I agree that the midi file won't give a full idea of what's going on in the music.  However, it can help people with less score-reading experience get an idea of it, which is why I posted the files.  I…"
Jan 29

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Contemporary classical/Classical
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
Finnish-American composer Lara Poe is beginning her MMus degree in composition at the Royal College of Music, and has had performances in the United States and Europe. She has worked with performers such as the JACK quartet, Ensemble Schwerpunkt, Sound Icon, the Liminka Music Weeks string orchestra, the Tampere Philharmonic and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School Piano Seminar students. Poe has also worked with the Boston University New Music Ensemble, Time’s Arrow, both as a pianist and as a composer.
Poe has participated in masterclasses and Boston University organised residencies with composers such as Sandeep Bhagwati, Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Finnissy, Beat Furrer, George Lewis, and Mauricio Sotelo. Past principal instructors include Martin Amlin, Richard Cornell, Joshua Fineberg, Kenneth Hesketh (with whom she studied with through Boston University’s Study Abroad program at the RCM), Rodney Lister, Alex Mincek, and Ketty Nez. Currently Poe is working on a solo piano piece and a brass quintet piece for Ensemble Schwerpunkt.
Poe graduated from Boston University in 2016, cum laude, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree. At Boston University, she received the Wainwright Prize, Department of Theory and Composition award, and was also nominated for Pi Kappa Lambda in 2016. She also participated in a collaboration with the Boston University theatre department, with her string quartet Divergence.
In addition, Poe has been a finalist for the BMI student composition competition, the Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, the Mid America Freedom Band call for scores, and the Cambridge Philharmonic call for scores. She was also a co-winner of the UMass Lowell Chapter, National Music Conference, and received an Honorable Mention in the Ithaca Women’s Works composition competition.

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At 1:15pm on July 20, 2016, Larry Elliott said…

Greetings Lara,

I like Farewell. It has some nice changes in it. Thanks for sharing.

Very best,

Larry Elliott

At 2:45am on June 17, 2012, Tarek B.Moon said…

nice music ... u have a heavenly taste in music ... loved it :D 

At 12:06am on May 6, 2012, Dankk said…

I'm glad i know you.

At 9:21pm on April 17, 2012, Tyler Hughes said…

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