Bassett, Leslie, 1923-....Variant names
Composer, professor of music at the University of Michigan.
From the description of Leslie Bassett photographs. 1977-2003. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 85778860
From the description of Leslie Bassett papers, 1946-2005. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 85778856
Leslie Bassett is a composer and professor of music at the University of Michigan. He was born in Hanford, California on January, 23, 1923 and was exposed to music when he first learned to play the piano as a child. In high school, he continued piano and also picked up the trombone. After a few semesters at Fresno State University, he served in World War II in the 13th Armored Division Band of the US Army as a trombonist, but also composed and arranged music.
He earned his Bachelor's degree from Fresno State University in 1947 and then received both his master's degree (1949) and his doctorate (1956) in music composition at the University of Michigan, studying under Ross Lee Finney. In 1950, he was a Fulbright Fellow, studying at the École Normale de Musique in Paris. Bassett began teaching at the University of Michigan in 1952, remaining there until he retired in 1991. While at the University of Michigan, he helped to found the Electronic Music Studio and also headed the Composition Department.
Bassett earned many prizes and awards for his composing and his teaching. Most notably, he won the Pulitzer Prize in Music for Variations for Orchestra in 1966 and in 1984 was named the Henry Russel Lecturer, "the highest honor to be awarded a senior faculty member and the first time that the lectureship had gone to a musician or artist." (Johnson, p.3).
He composed his music for a variety of different instruments and genres including music for orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber music, choral music, brass, solo voice, instrumental solos, organ, piano as well as electronic music.
From the guide to the Leslie Bassett Papers, 1946-2005, (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)
|Place Name||Admin Code||Country|
|Psalms (Music)--130th psalm|
|Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices, 4 parts) with piano|
|String quintets (Violins (2), viola, violoncello, double bass)--Scores and parts|
|Christmas music--Choruses, sacred|
|Sonatas (Violin and piano)--Scores and parts|
|Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices, 4 parts) with organ|
|Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices, 4 parts), Unaccompanied|