While most late fifteenth century Italian courts fought to employ the best singers from the Low Countries for their musical chapels, the ascendant courts of the Spanish peninsula also produced a number of world-class musicians. Francisco de la Torre was a Spanish native, but he sought his musical fortune in Italy, beginning a lengthy period of service to the Aragonese court of the Kingdom of Naples in July 1483; his whereabouts before that time are unknown. De la Torre spent some 17 years making music for the court and the churches of Naples, earning a healthy salary and extra benefice income starting in 1488. In the year 1500, de la Torre retired back to Spain, accepting a priestly position in the Cathedral of Seville that could have been his hometown. He resumed musical employment in 1503 by taking on the responsibility of teaching the ...
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