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    Pulitzer winning composer Leslie Bassett passes away

    Posted on: 2016-02-17 Posted by: CLAT Gurukul Category: Archive Blog

    Pulitzer winning composer Leslie Bassett passed away on 4 February 2016 in Oakwood, Georgia. He was 93. As a master 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.   About Leslie Bassett:   Bassett was born in Hanford, California on January 22, 1923. During his childhood, he played piano and trombone as child. He had served as trombonist, composer and arranger in the US Army and Europe during World War II. In his work, he strongly favoured chromatic language mainly at the intersection of tonality and atonality. His music offered a lucid clarity of means and expression.   His music has been recorded on many labels some of them are Composers Recordings (CRI), New World, Crystal, Albany and MMC. At the University of Michigan, he was serving as Albert A. Stanley Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Composition. Awards: Bassett was bestowed with the Pulitzer in 1966 for Variations for Orchestra.   Source: The Hindu


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