Miguel López was born in Villarroya de la Sierra, Aragon in 1669 and entered the Escolanía de Montserrat as a choirboy aged nine. He became a Benedictine novice in 1684 and a full member of the order in 1686. The Benedictines sent him to their monastery of S Martín, Madrid for seven years between 1689 and 1696 where he combined his duties as monastery organist with studying theology at Salamanca. His confrères must have been impressed by his musical skills because he was twice made choirmaster at Montserrat first for six years between 1699 and 1705 and then again for a three year period between 1715 and 1718. On 25 February 1722 he was appointed manager of the house at Alcañiz belonging to Montserrat but died within months of the appointment. He wrote devotional villancicos for church festivals that ranged from solos with continuo to larger combinations as well as liturgical pieces which tend to be somewhat polychoral compositions in which the instrumental piece(s) are one choir amongst many. His setting of the Salve which you can hear below is quite typical of his music it's pleasant and undramatic if somewhat austere in style relying on alternating points of imitation and antiphonal effects to provide musical interest and forward motion. The performance below by the always superb Escolania de Montserrat was given at a conventual Mass on April 1st 2012. enjoy :-).