Leslie Bassett

Biography

Leslie Bassett (born 22 January 1923 in Hanford, Calif. d. 2016 Oakwood, GA) was an American composer  and Albert A. Stanley Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Composition at the University of Michigan.  Early instrumental training in Fresno, Calif., led to service during World War II as a trombonist and arranger with the 13th Armored Division Band in France and Germany.  Following the war he attended Fresno State College and was Principal Trombone with the Fresno Symphony.  Bassett's long association with the University of Michigan began in 1947: his composition studies with Homer Keller and Ross Lee Finney were interrupted by a Fulbright Fellowship for study in Paris with Arthur Honegger at l'Ecole Normale de Musique and with Nadia Boulanger in her private studio.  In addition he studied at Michigan with Argentine-American composer Mario Davidovsky and with Catalan composer Roberto Gerhard.  Leslie Bassett was a recipient of the Prix de Rome (1961-3), the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his Variations for Orchestra, Guggenheim Fellowships, the Naumburg Recording Award, and awards from the Koussevitsky Music Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Since 1981 he has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

A number of Bassett's students at the University of Michigan have themselves had distinguished careers in music: among them are Lettie Alston, Kevin Beavers, Thomas Clark, Gabriela Lena Frank, Paul Yeon Lee, John Anthony Lennon, Gerald Near, P. Q. Phan, Preston Stahly, Frank Ticheli, and Richard Toensing.

Leslie Bassett's music is published by the C. F. Peters Corporation, Merion Music (Theodore Presser), Editions Alphonse Leduc, the E. C. Schirmer Music Company, and World Library Publications but several early works are available from American Composers Alliance.

ACE Publications

24 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Leslie Bassett CELLO DUETS 2 cellos
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Leslie Bassett PRAYERS FOR DIVINE SERVICE ttbb,w/org
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Leslie Bassett FOUR STATEMENTS FOR ORGAN Organ
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Leslie Bassett THIRD STRING QUARTET string quartet
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Leslie Bassett EASTER TRIPTYCH solo T, 4 tpt, 4 tbn, 4 hns, 2 bar, tba, timp, perc
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Leslie Bassett ECLOGUE, ENCOMIUM & EVOCATION SSA chorus,Perc, cel,Hp,Pf
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Leslie Bassett QUINTET FOR PIANO AND STRINGS pf, vn(2),vla,vc
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Leslie Bassett FIVE MOVEMENTS FOR ORCHESTRA pic-2-2-ehn-2-bcl-2-cbsn, 4-3-3-1, timp,perc(3), pf, str
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Leslie Bassett MOONRISE -
SSA,pf,perc(2),3 fl(pic & alto), vln, viola(2), vcl
Leslie Bassett PSALM 123 -
children's chor (3 parts), pf or org
Leslie Bassett CANTATA FOR CITY, NATION,WORLD SATB, tenor solo,tbn(4),org
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Leslie Bassett SONATA FOR VIOLIN & PIANO vln, pf
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Leslie Bassett VOLUNTARIES for organ Organ
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Leslie Bassett WOODWIND QUINTET Wind Quintet
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn
Leslie Bassett OUT OF THE DEPTHS -
SATB w/org
Leslie Bassett SONATA FOR VIOLA & PIANO Viola and Piano
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Leslie Bassett QUINTET FOR STRINGS -
2vln, vla, vcl, db
Leslie Bassett TOCCATA FOR ORGAN org
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Leslie Bassett TRIO FOR CLARINET, VIOLA AND PIANO -
cl,vla,pf
Leslie Bassett FOUR SONGS High Voice and Piano
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Leslie Bassett LAMB SATB, pf
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Leslie Bassett SIX PIANO PIECES pf
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Leslie Bassett HOMMAGE Á ARTHUR HONEGGER Piano
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Additional Works

Many works by Leslie Bassett are published by the C. F. Peters Corporation, Merion Music (Theodore Presser), Editions Alphonse Leduc, the E. C. Schirmer Music Company, and World Library Publications.