Who: Pulitzer Prize-winning Composer Leslie Bassett
Where: Oakwood, Georgia
When: 4 February 2016
Leslie 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.