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Leslie Bassett

Leslie Bassett

Subtitle: Five Pieces for Concert Band

General Info

Year: 1966
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. F. Peters
Cost: Rental | Full score $20.50


Full Score
Piccolo Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet (9 players)
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
B-flat Trumpet (6 players)
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
Percussion (3 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos (4) (or Temple Blocks)
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbals (2: small and large)
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This highly imaginative and creative work attempts to relate to five types of modern art through musical expression.

1. Oil Painting (Fast, 4/4) opens with brilliant flowing lines rhythmically overlapping, followed by cluster chords and several short motives.

2. Water Color (Moderate, 2/2): a slow, quiet piece using cluster chords and two short melodic ideas, both of which use overlapping.

3. Pen And Ink Drawing (Slow, 4/4), composed of numerous rhythmically independent lines, scored in small-group and choir settings.

4. Mobile (Moderately fast, 3/4) uses breathy sounds (flutes, low-register elements) and rustling sounds (suspended cymbal, fingers on piano strings, muted brass trills), gradually focusing on several distinct musical ideas, only to return to the rustling sound of the opening.

5. Bronze Sculpture (Fast, 4/4): a brilliant many-faceted movement with great rhythmic complexity (e.g., irregular entrances after 16th rests, syncopations of varying lengths, etc.).

This is a difficult and challenging work, both technically and musically, requiring aural sophistication through its use of dissonance, clusters and serial techniques - but worth exploring by advanced groups.

- Program Note from Music for the Concert Band

Commissioned by and dedicated to the Ithaca (N.Y.) High School Band, Frank Battisti, conductor.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • New England Conservatory (Boston, Mass.) Wind Ensemble (Charles Peltz, conductor) – 10 October 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Bassett, L. (1966). Designs, Images and Textures: Five Pieces for Concert Band [score]. C.F. Peters: New York.
  • Leslie Bassett website Accessed 4 October 2019
  • Krienes, J.; Hansbrough, R. (2014). Music for Concert Band: A Selective Annotated Guide to Band Literature. Meredith Music Publications: Delray Beach, Fla.; pp. 90.