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Claudio Spies

Carlos Claudio Spies is a Chilean-American composer.

Born in Santiago, Chile, of German-Jewish parents, Spies completed primary and secondary education in Santiago in 1941, when he passed the Bachillerato. Erich Kleiber and Fritz Busch were mentors to Spies at an early age.

Spies came to the United States in August 1942 to study music at New England Conservatory and Longy School of Music, where he studied with Nadia Boulanger and, after her departure for California, with Harold Shapero. He entered Harvard College in February 1947. One of his most influential teachers at Harvard was Irving Fine, and another was Otto Gombosi. He graduated in June 1950, and received John K. Paine Traveling Fellowship, which took him to Paris, where he spent a year composing. Returned to Harvard as a graduate student and received his MA degree in composition in 1954.

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