Prieto, Maria Teresa
- Emilio Casares Rodicio
(b Oviedo, 1896; d Mexico, Jan 24, 1982). Spanish composer. Born into a musical family, she first studied in Oviedo, where she was a piano and composition pupil of Saturnino del Fresno, who had a strong interest in traditional Asturian music; she was profoundly influenced by the music of Bach, and was to become particularly noted for her contrapuntal style and rational temperament. She continued her studies at the Conservatorio Real, Madrid, with Benito García de la Parra, whose advocacy of the use of modes also influenced her decisively. In addition, Asturian regionalism, which dominated the intellectual climate of her home town, remained an inspiration throughout her life. At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, Prieto went to Mexico to live with her brother Carlos, an important financier, patron and friend of Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud and many Mexican composers. There she formed contacts with other Spanish musicians in exile, such as Adolfo Salazar, Rodolfo Halffter, Jesús Bal y Gay and Rosita García Ascot. Her last teacher was the nationalist Manuel Ponce, with whom she studied from ...