Leslie Bassett, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer passed away on 4 February 2016 in Oakwood, Georgia. He was 93. As a legendary composer he was known for his lush sonorities and ecumenical instrumentation and for compositions of coaxing a vast range of tonal colours from the bits of wood and brass.
Facts about Leslie Bassett :
Leslie Bassett was born on January 22, 1923, in Hanford, California. He played piano and trombone during his childhood days. He served US Army as trombonist, composer and arranger during World War II.
Bassett wrote works for symphony orchestra, chamber and choral ensembles, solo instruments and voice. In his work, he strongly favoured chromatic language mainly at the intersection of tonality and atonality.
Even during last phase of his life he was serving as Albert A. Stanley Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Composition.
His music was known for lucid clarity and deep meaning. His compositions were performed by the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Juilliard String Quartet.
Awards and honours : Bassett was bestowed with the Pulitzer in 1966 for Variations for Orchestra.