April 22, 2017Videos and Detailed Information – Epistulae ex Ponto (2017)

Larry Alan Smith's new work for soprano and orchestra was premiered at The Hartt School on March 31, 2017 by soprano Cherie Caluda, conductor Edward Cumming and the Hartt Orchestra.

The work honors the 2000th Anniversary of the death of Publius Ovidius Naso in 17 A.D., and the poems, sung in Classical Latin, are drawn from Ovid's "Tristia" and "Epistulae ex Ponto."

Please click on "Launch Related Site" to view the videos, program notes, translations and an article regarding Dr. Smith's Ovid-related work.

February 20, 2017New Releases – February 2017

Tallow Tree Music Publishing is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of the following works by Larry Alan Smith:

Fortune (1985) for solo piano

Portrait (1994) for solo piano

Exclusive Worldwide Distributor: Theodore Presser Company

January 20, 2017New Releases – January 2017

Tallow Tree Music Publishing is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of the following work by Larry Alan Smith:

Songs of the Silence (2005) for tenor (or soprano) and piano

Exclusive Worldwide Distributor: Theodore Presser Company

December 20, 2016New Releases – December 2016

Tallow Tree Music Publishing is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of the following works by Larry Alan Smith:

Tre madrigali (2015) for three-part a cappella female choir

American Hymns (1984) for grade 2/3 band

Exclusive Worldwide Distributor: Theodore Presser Company

November 20, 2016New Releases – November 2016

Tallow Tree Music Publishing is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of the following works by Larry Alan Smith:

Epigrams (2015) for soprano and piano

Ille ego qui fuerim (2015) for three-part a cappella female choir

Psalms of David (2016) for three-part a cappella female choir

Exclusive Worldwide Distributor: Theodore Presser Company

October 20, 2016New Releases – October 2016

Tallow Tree Music Publishing is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of the following works by Larry Alan Smith:

Five Haiku (2015) for baritone and piano

I Dream'd in a Dream. (1979) for four-part mixed chorus and piano

Exclusive Worldwide Distributor: Theodore Presser Company

September 20, 2016New Releases – September 2016

Tallow Tree Music Publishing is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of the following works by Larry Alan Smith:

Spring Songs (2005) for soprano and piano

Exclusive Worldwide Distributor: Theodore Presser Company

July 20, 2016New Releases – July 2016

Tallow Tree Music Publishing is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of the following works by Larry Alan Smith:

Ave Maria (2015) for two-part a cappella female choir (or children\'s choir)

Songs without Words (2010) for solo cello

Three Pieces for Piano (2015)

Exclusive Worldwide Distributor: Theodore Presser Company

June 20, 2016New Releases – June 2016

Tallow Tree Music Publishing is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of the following works by Larry Alan Smith:

Three Angularities (2006) for solo oboe

One Hour to Madness and Joy (1975) for solo flute

Ti seguo . . . Mi segui (2015) for two flutes

Scat (2012) for four flutes

Exclusive Worldwide Distributor: Theodore Presser Company

October 15, 2015Larry Alan Smith to write regularly for www.welcometosulmona.com

Beginning in October 2015, Larry Alan Smith will be writing about the arts for the only English language guide to Sulmona and the Valle Peligna in Abruzzo, Italy. The website is full of information about the region. Warning: The photos of Italian food and wine may be habit-forming. Sulmona is two hours east of Rome in Central Italy.

October 01, 2015A new agreement has been signed!

Larry Alan Smith has been published and represented by the Theodore Presser Company for nearly 40 years. And now . . . as of October 1, 2015, the relationship will also include worldwide distribution and representation of Larry Alan Smith's Tallow Tree Music Publishing (TTMP) catalog. Tallow Tree was formed in 2005, and it includes a significant number of Dr. Smith's works. Aside from a handful of pieces with other publishers, virtually all of the music of Larry Alan Smith will now be available from the Theodore Presser Company.

It is going to take several years for all of these works to be prepared and published. Please visit the Presser & TTMP page on this website to see the works in the TTMP catalog, as well as the tentative publication schedule.

September 01, 2015Larry Alan Smith and the Vincent Persichetti Society

On September 1, 2015, Larry Alan Smith became the President of the Vincent Persichetti Society. A Wisconsin corporation, the Society celebrates the life and promotes the music of the great American composer Vincent Persichetti (1915-87).

Dr. Smith studied with Vincent Persichetti at the Juilliard School from 1976-81, and he served as his Teaching Assistant from 1977-79.

You are encouraged to visit "The Vincent Persichetti Society" Facebook page, as well as the VPS website that is linked to this page.

May 07, 2015CD Review from American Record Guide

I Dwell In Possibility
Music by Musto, Smith, and Hall
Cherie Caluda, soprano with pianists John Musto, Larry Alan Smith, and Juliana Hall
Albany 1512 – 66 minutes

This is simply a terrific program of contemporary American art song. The songs are all settings of American (female) poets and with the composers on piano. Cherie Caluda sounds terrific from beginning to end. I'm no huge fan of Emily Dickinson and therefore also not a huge fan of most settings of her poetry, but Smith's two Dickinson cycles drew me right in. I loved the raucous `Wild Nights' and the deliberate walking lines in the piano in `I Shall Not Live In Vain'. `A Slash of Blue! A Sweep of Gray!', the title and opening song of Smith's 2010 cycle, commanded my attention the way Dickinson's texts alone rarely do. The cycle is a meditation on war, sometimes violent, sometimes confused and lost. It is wonderful to hear musical settings that improve on texts so much that I have to rethink my position on the poetry.

The cycle Penelope, by Musto and writer Didi Balle, is an imaginative portrait of the wife of Ulysses (Homer: The Odyssey). Musto's music uses a variety of devices to portray the inner thoughts of Penelope--everything from a 12-tone row in the first song to a catchy earworm in `Penelope's Lament'. This is not easy music but it is extraordinarily effective at capturing the complexities of her inner thoughts. Caluda's singing is exquisite; she never loses the dramatic or vocal line, and her diction is excellent. She is the ideal interpreter for these songs.

The program ends with three songs on loss and consolation, two by Musto and Juliana Hall's setting of Elizabeth Bishop's `Sonnet' from Night Dances, probably best known for its first words, "I am in need of music". The piece is interesting but I prefer Christos Hatzis's take on the text (Centrediscs 19413, Sept/Oct 2014).

This is a must for lovers of contemporary American art music. Helpful notes by Caluda; texts included.

Erin Heisel
May 2015

March 31, 2015Composers Love Emily Dickinson

On March 26, 2015, soprano Tami Petty and pianist Brent Funderburk performed Larry Alan Smith's A Slash of Blue! A sweep of Gray! at Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City. Click on Launch Related Site to see a video of the concert. The Smith work begins at 25:00 minutes and ends at approximately 45:00 minutes. The program also included music by Juliana Hall and Arthur Farwell.

February 10, 2015A sabbatical for the 2015-16 academic year

Larry Alan Smith, Professor of Composition
The Hartt School of the University of Hartford

Dr. Smith will use his upcoming sabbatical to focus on five different creative projects, including two musical compositions, two pedagogical books (textbooks) and a book of poetry. The compositions will be an orchestral work, Symphony No. 4, and a large-scale work for choir. One of the textbooks was written in 1980, but it is being completely revised and updated. The other textbook will be new, requiring significant research. Finally, Professor Smith will create a book of poetry inspired by the life and work of Gabriele D’Annunzio.

December 01, 2014Singing and other Sins – Hawaii Public Radio

Music by Larry Alan Smith was featured on Gary Hickling's radio program last night (November 30, 2014). The program was built around 21st century art song composers who set poems by Emily Dickinson. The music of Larry Alan Smith is at the beginning of the program, and the segment continues for approximately 11 minutes. Mr. Hickling has chosen works from the new Albany Records CD, "I dwell in Possibility" (TROY1512). Click on Launch Related Site to hear the program.

Cherie Caluda, soprano
Larry Alan Smith, piano

October 01, 2014New from Albany Records: "I dwell in Possibility" – Cherie Caluda, soprano

A new CD has been released featuring music by composers Larry Alan Smith, John Musto and Juliana Hall. All of the texts were written by female poets (Didi Balle, Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Dickinson, Tess Gallagher, Eda St. Vincent Millay and Dorothy Parker)

The CD includes the following works by Larry Alan Smith:

Emily Dickinson Songs (2005)
A Slash of Blue! A sweep of Gray! (2010)


Each work is comprised of seven songs, and all of the poetry is by Emily Dickinson. Larry Alan Smith was the pianist for the recordings of his music.

Click on "video" page of this website to hear both works.

March 01, 2013Larry Alan Smith on Contempora: The Contemporary Classical Music Podcast

Listen to George Marshall's interview of Larry Alan Smith on the March 2013 edition of Contempora. Excerpts from the new recording of A Slash of Blue! A sweep of Gray (2010) were discussed, as well as numerous other topics. Click on Launch Related Site and scroll down to the March 1, 2013 program entitled A Slash of Blue! A sweep of Gray!

You can also listen to the program for free on iTunes.

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