(b Osuna, bapt. 25 Feb. 1555; d Seville, 5 April 1617). Spanish composer. Having been a canon of the collegiate church at Osuna, in 1591 he became master of the choirboys and assistant to Francisco Guerrero at Seville Cathedral. He was elected maestro de capilla at Toledo Cathedral in 1593, and in 1604 returned as maestro to Seville, where his music (notably the Credo romano) continued to be sung long after his death. He is best known for the motet Versa est in luctum, written on the death of Philip II, and published—with six other motets and six masses—in his only printed collection, the Liber primus missarum (Madrid, 1602).
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.