(b Santa María del Campo Rus, bapt. 9 Oct. 1600; d Madrid, 5 Sept. 1675). Spanish composer. He was trained as a choirboy at Seville Cathedral under Alonso Lobo and Francisco de Santiago. After appointments as maestro de capilla in Seville (1623) and at the convent of the Encarnación in Madrid (1628), in 1634 he became the first Spanish maestro of the royal chapel. As well as many polychoral sacred works (masses, psalms, motets, and villancicos) he composed some secular pieces (tonos humanos) for few voices for the musical evenings held in the gardens of the Alcázar palace.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.