Leslie Bassett, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer, Dies at 93

Known for his lush sonorities and ecumenical instrumentation, Mr. Basset wrote for orchestras, chamber and choral ensembles and solo instruments. NYTimes Obit | Official website

Leslie Bassett (January 22, 1923 – February 4, 2016) was an American composer of classical music, and the University of Michigan's Albert A. Stanley Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Composition. Bassett received the 1966 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his Variations for Orchestra. He studied composition with Homer Keller at the University of Michigan. He was a member of the Gamma Pi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at California State University-Fresno, 1942. Bassett died at the age of 93 on February 4, 2016 at his home in Flowery Branch, Georgia.