Claudio Prieto

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Claudio Prieto [1] (24 November 1934 – 5 April 2015) was a Spanish composer[2]


Claudio Prieto was born in Muñeca de la Peña, Palencia and began his musical career as a boy in the mid-20th century playing various musical instruments for the municipal band of Guardo. He moved to San Lorenzo de El Escorial when he was 16 years, where he began his education with the musicologist Samuel Rubio.

In 1960 he obtained a Cultural Exchange scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs admitting him to the Advanced Course taught in the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Over the next three years, he studied under Goffredo Petrassi, Bruno Maderna and Boris Porena. After completing the training he received a Higher Diploma from the Academy and returned to Spain. In 1967, he participated in the International Masterclass at Darmstadt (Germany) with among others, György Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Earle Brown.

His professional career began in Madrid with the premier at the Ateneo Auditorium of his work 'Improvisation' for chamber ensemble. In 1969 his piece 'Solo a Solo', for flute and guitar, won him "Best Spanish wor for Young Musicians award” and thereby both national and international exposure and recognition. His biography, "Música, belleza y comunicación", was written by Víctor Andrés Pliego and published by Editorial Complutense in 1994.


Prieto's pieces combine elements of both classic and contemporary music, working with the full range of instrumental formations, from soloists, to choirs and orchestras, trios and quartets.

Some of his key pieces include:


  • Improvisation for a chamber ensemble.
  • Solo a Solo, for flute and guitar (Best Spanish Work Award, given by Juventudes Musicales in 1969)
  • Fandango de Soler, a work selected by Radio Nacional de España (RNE) for the XX Concert Season of the European Broadcasting Union (UER).
  • Symphony No. 1.
  • Symphony No. 2 (composed in the 80s, between the cities of Madrid and Granada, and in Italy).
  • Sinfonía nº 3 "Frühbeck Symphonie".
  • Love concert for cello and orchestra, (composed between 1985 and 1986).
  • Adagio (composed in 1993)
  • Peñas arriba, Adagio para gran orchestra, (composed in 1996), based on the work of José María de Pereda in which the mountain of Cantabria is related to that of Palencia.
  • Hymn to Guardo, lyrics by Javier Castrillo and score by Claudio Prieto. Sunday was released 30 of December of 2001 in the church of Santa Barbara, where he was played by Vaccea Coral, the Coral de Guardo, soprano Zinaida Karandakova and Classical Russian State Symphony Orchestra, directed by Ramon Lledó Tower.

Solo works

  • Sonatas
  • Turiniana
  • Sones of a percussionist
  • Fun
  • Balearic Fantasy
  • Fun, for alto saxophone solo
  • Al alto espino, for voice and piano
  • Paths, for voice and piano

His compositions have been performed in Europe, America and Japan, by different orchestras, such as the National Orchestra of Spain, the Symphony Orchestras of RTVE Bilbao, Malaga and Tenerife, the Ciutat de Barcelona Orchestra and the Ciutat de Palma and foreigners such as the Chicago Symphony, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony, the National Orchestra of Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Orchestra of the RAI, the Rundfuk Sinfonieorchestrer Berlin, among others.


1964: SEU National Prize for Musical Composition, for Movements for violin and chamber ensemble 1969: Juventudes Musicales Award for the Best Work of Spanish Music, for Only a solo 1972: Italian Radio Television Award for Al-Gamara 1973: National Show Syndicate Award for Nebula 1974: International Oscar Esplá Award 1974: Prize Segastián Durón by Quartet I 1976: Manuel de Falla International Award for Symphony No. 1 1979: Gold Harp Trophy in the V Composition Contest of the Spanish Confederation of Savings Banks (CECA) for Concert 1 1984: Reina Sofía International Award for Imagining Concert 1993: First Plastic Prize of the Muriel Group 1994: Castilla y León Award for the Arts 1996: National Living Culture Award , for his entire artistic career 1999: El Norte de Castilla Award, awarded by the editors of the newspaper in Palencia. 4 2004: Prize for the Best Classical Music Author awarded by the Academy of Arts and Music, at the VIII Edition of the Music Awards


In Guardo, a secondary school bears his name (Instituto de Educación Secundaria or IES Claudio Prieto).[3]


  1. Pliego, Víctor Andrés (1994). Claudio Prieto. Música, belleza y comunicación. Biography (in Spanish). Editorial Complutense. ISBN 84-8048-104-8.
  2. "Muere el compositor palentino Claudio Prieto",; accessed 11 April 2015.
  3. Instituto de Educación Secundario Claudio Prieto, Various students. "Nuestro Instituto lleva el nombre de Claudio Prieto". Compilation of biography, works and activities of Claudio Prieto (in Spanish). Spanish Ministry of Education. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  4. Palencia composer Claudio Prieto dies

Text translated and adapted from Wikipedia