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Leslie Bassett

Leslie Bassett

General Info

Year: 1977
Duration: c. 12:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.F. Peters
Cost: Parts - Rental    |    Score Only - $80.00


Full Score
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Timpani (also plays gong and tambourine)
Percussion (4 players), including:

  • Bass drum
  • Cymbal (large and small suspended, sizzle)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-tam
  • Temple blocks (4)
  • Tom-Toms (5)
  • Triangle (4)
  • Wind Chimes (wooden)
  • Wood block
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Bassett's Sounds, Shapes, and Symbols is a strong choice for collegiate wind bands, particularly when developing an ensemble's sensitivity to color as the primary motivic device. Rhythms can be complex, technical difficulty is rather high, and tonal centers are frequently obscured. As such, any program notes that provide audiences with specific points of consideration are valuable. When balanced by more traditional pieces, this work can be a refreshing demonstration of the flexibility of a wind band's timbre and color palettes.

- Notes from Great Music for Wind Band

Premiere performance by the University of Michigan Symphonic Band, H. Robert Reynolds, conductor, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, March 17, 1978.

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Wind Ensemble (Kevin M. Geraldi, conductor) – 18 November 2017
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor) – 12 March 2017
  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Dennis Glocke, conductor) – 21 February 2017
  • SUNY Potsdam Crane Wind Ensemble ( Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 22 April 2016

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