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New Wind Ensemble piece!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lara Poe Feb 26. 11 Replies

Here's something that I wrote recently, and it was performed at the RCM in the main concert hall.  It's for 16 players: 2 flutes + piccolo (separate, not doubling), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons,…Continue

Mirror Rim

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lara Poe Dec 29, 2017. 15 Replies

Something I wrote this summer– it's a piece for 16 instruments (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, harp, piano, 2 percussion, 2 violins, viola, cello, bass).  Hope you…Continue

Violin concerto

Started this discussion. Last reply by Serenity Laine Feb 14, 2017. 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


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Lara Poe replied to John Driscoll's discussion Seeking Orchestration/Score Feedback - ELECTRIC (Full Orchestra)
"Cool piece, and great title!  There's a lot of good things here– all the writing looks like it should work for the instruments, and is in good ranges where they sound good for what you're doing.   Just a couple of things…"
Mar 3
Lara Poe replied to Yoshed's discussion Piano solo - In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king
"As people have said, it's pleasant to listen to.  One thing you could try playing around with: you have these melodies in the right hand and sometimes you have two lines playing off of each other.  Could be interesting to see what you…"
Mar 3
Lara Poe replied to Lara Poe's discussion New Wind Ensemble piece!
"Thank you MM and Mike!  Indeed, I suppose the notation does make it seem simpler than it actually is (which the conductor was happy about).  And yes, it did take a few rehearsals to make sure everyone was together and the energy was there,…"
Feb 26
Lara Poe replied to Timo Schuemer's discussion Alma Deutscher
"At her age, I don't think there's a problem with pastiching other music, and I agree with you all about a conservatory potentially being useful.  I wonder if she's taking lessons with anyone?  Studying with someone who is…"
Feb 26
Mike Hewer replied to Lara Poe's discussion New Wind Ensemble piece!
"Hi Lara, What seems quite simple on paper,  turns out to be mightily complex and taut and a bugger to follow the score on first hearing, especially as my eye was leaping up and down to catch whatever effects, or prominent parts I was…"
Feb 25
Em Coston replied to Lara Poe's discussion New Wind Ensemble piece!
"I find it difficult to explain quite what I mean. While listening I kept catching glimpses of the underlying driving theory/ideas (that ties things together and drives the piece forward) but never enough to fully identify exactly what was going on…"
Feb 24
Timo Schuemer replied to Lara Poe's discussion New Wind Ensemble piece!
"Yes I mean like the voices slide into a more homophonic moment, to form maybe a sonority of fifths and parallel octaves or a sudden unison movement/rhythm texture for a short time, which can surely function very well as a climax. I am thinking of…"
Feb 24
Lara Poe replied to Lara Poe's discussion New Wind Ensemble piece!
"Thanks for this!  Yeah, I figured you just thought that you thought a more homophonic moment (is this what you meant?) could be interesting at some point, perhaps towards the climax?  In any case, it's an interesting idea.  Glad…"
Feb 24
Timo Schuemer replied to Lara Poe's discussion New Wind Ensemble piece!
"Don’t get me wrong I would not argue that the piece does not feel unified. There is a sense of coherence and the lines and voices are clearly interwoven, referencing and interferencing with each other. Of course this gets even more noticeable…"
Feb 24
Lara Poe replied to Lara Poe's discussion New Wind Ensemble piece!
"Thanks Timo!  Those are interesting suggestions, and I'm always happy to hear other peoples' thoughts on pieces.  I think I did more of what you were suggesting regarding progressions or voices coming together to build something…"
Feb 24
Timo Schuemer replied to Lara Poe's discussion New Wind Ensemble piece!
"I enjoyed this rain of polyphonic textures where every instrument seems to be telling its own story. I personally would have liked a little bit more drastically intensity changes like some more short quieter or slower parts melting around or maybe…"
Feb 24
Lara Poe replied to Lara Poe's discussion New Wind Ensemble piece!
"Thanks MM!  Do you mean that the texture sounds like there's more layers than there actually is?  That's sort of what I was going for– constantly shifting and changing textures that interlock in various ways (which is also…"
Feb 24
Em Coston replied to Lara Poe's discussion New Wind Ensemble piece!
"This is interesting as it sounds like there's much more to it than what is there. I was wondering if you could maybe share the backstory or some composer's notes on this piece."
Feb 23
Lara Poe replied to Timo Schuemer's discussion Fantasie Nr.2
"Hi Timo, nice piece!  I like the open quality to it, and the opening is nice.  I like how you bring the upper strings in at 30s– up to there, the cello line is nice too.  Perhaps you could try doing something more with the cello…"
Feb 23
Lara Poe replied to Lara Poe's discussion New Wind Ensemble piece!
"Thanks Ray, and thanks Ingo!  I suppose it's deceptively simple, i.e. it looks easier to play than it actually is.  Since it's such a clear texture, everything has to be really together for it to work, and that's where the…"
Feb 23
Ingo Lee replied to Lara Poe's discussion New Wind Ensemble piece!
"Very enjoyable Lara, thanks for posting.  Pretty accessible really, not a great deal of dissonance or complex rhythms, but nice textures and melodies too. Good sound from the recording.  Doesn't seem real hard to read, did it require…"
Feb 22

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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
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About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
Lara Poe is a Finnish-American composer who is currently based in London. She has collaborated with musicians such as the JACK quartet, Dal Niente, Sound Icon, Semiosis quartet, Jonathan Radford, Laura Farré Rosada, Aija Reke, and Timo Kinnunen, and her works have been performed in the US, as well as the UK, Finland, Latvia, Germany, and Taiwan. She has received recognition in several competitions. In 2017, Poe received the BMI Student Composer Award William Schuman Prize for the most outstanding score, and was the winner of the 2016 American Prize in Chamber Music composition, student division. Poe was also a participant in the 2017 Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, and her piece Mirror Rim will be performed at the 2018 Aldeburgh Festival.
Poe is currently studying at the Royal College of Music, as an RCM scholar supported by the RCM, with Kenneth Hesketh as her principal composition professor. She has also studied electroacoustic music with Gilbert Nouno. Prior to her studies at the RCM, Poe studied with Martin Amlin, Richard Cornell, Joshua Fineberg, Paavo Korpijaakko, Rodney Lister, Alex Mincek, and Ketty Nez. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University, and studied at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School while in grade school. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree, Poe received the both the Boston University’s Wainwright prize and Department of Music Theory and Composition award in 2016, and was inducted into the music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda in April 2016.

Poe's current projects include Sonifying Noise Pollution, which is a collaboration with Royal College of Art graduate Jennifer Haugan. This project is an interactive, multimedia examination of noise pollution levels throughout the UK. Poe and Haugan presented Sonifying Noise Pollution at the 2017 IRCAM forums in April 2017, and are working to include more data points and more interactive features. Poe is also working with violinist Aija Reke, who is currently learning her violin concerto, and Poe is also working on a variety of both large-scale and smaller scale projects involving colleagues at the RCM.

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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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