Pulitzer Prize-winning Composer Leslie Bassett died

Feb 12, 2016 12:17 IST

Lonely PlanetLeslie Bassett, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, passed away on 4 February 2016 in Oakwood, Georgia. He was 93.

Bassett won the Pulitzer for music for Variations for Orchestra, which premiered in Rome in 1963.

Who was Leslie Bassett?

Leslie Bassett studied composition with Homer Keller at the University of Michigan.

Bassett was a member of the Gamma Pi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at California State University-Fresno, 1942.

He also composed Echoes from an Invisible World, which was commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy for the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976.

He wrote Hammered Strings and Whistling Pipes specifically for the husband-and-wife duo Phillip and Joy Hayner, faculty members at Piedmont College, to perform at a ProMusica Concert Series event in 2011.

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