"Begin Anywhere"- John Cage

Leslie La Barre is an accomplished instrumentalist and composer. She has performed throughout Europe and the United States. Leslie is the 2011- 2012 recipient of the Glen Glasow Memorial Fellowship for composition. She was the first recipient of the David and Emily Umemoto Memorial Scholarship in 2007. Other honors include: Western Division Intercollegiate Honor Band, Reno Jazz Festival Outstanding Jazz Pianist Award, Monterey Jazz Festival, Harpsichordist for the audio recording and publication SCU Manuscript Series, No. 14, and member of Jesuit Honor Society—Alpha Sigma Nu. Miss La Barre is also a consultant for music ensembles and the music of the California Missions. Leslie is a recent alumna from Santa Clara University, ’10, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, Magna Cum Laude. She was awarded her M.A. in Composition from California State University, East Bay. Miss La Barre is currently a D.M.A. candidate at Claremont Graduate University.

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Piano Sonata

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Recording is performed by Ellen Wassermann. Piano Sonata is comprised of three movements for solo piano. Each movement is associated with a Roman deity and emphasizes their particular characteristics. The first movement, Aurae, is the plural for “aura” representing the breezes. The structure of this movement is a variation on the sonata form, and the main motives consist of high energy, sweeping fifths gestures and quirky clusters. The “Recapitulation” returns as the retrograde of the beginning exposition material. The second movement, Aurora, represents the goddess of dawn. Like the goddess who sweeps over the sky, the music is comprised of primarily ascending and descending fifths gestures. Though the movement has guidelines in tempo, the performer is instructed to play ab libitum (at the performer’s discretion). The piece’s final movement, Averruncus, is joyous, mischievous, and energetic. Like the other two movements, Averruncus is based off of fifths, but in this case, the movement is based on a shifting fifths tonal wheel. The shifting is to represent the averting or avoiding danger of Averruncus. Leslie La Barre San Francisco, California May 17, 2011

Annabel Lee

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Piece for Baritone and Piano. Poetry, Edgar Allen Poe Recording performed by Matthew Peterson, Baritone and Melissa Lin, piano Leslie La Barre San Francisco, California June 6, 2009