Spanish Renaissance composer Cristóbal de Morales was born in Seville in circa 1500. He was employed at Ávila and Plasencia, then worked as a papal singer in Rome from 1535 for ten years. There's some evidence that he was an awkward character, difficult to employ, and when he returned to Spain he found it difficult to keep jobs.
Morales was the first Spanish composer to be well known internationally. He wrote vocal music which was almost entirely sacred. His output included many masses, twenty-two of which survive, over a hundred motets and more than five settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, but it's his eighteen settings of the Magnificat that are performed most regularly in the twenty-first century.
Morales died in Marchena at some point between 4 September and 7 October 1553.
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