A Portuguese composer of uncommon contrapuntal skill, active in Spain in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, Pedro de Escobar was also known as Pedro del Puerto and Pedro do Porto. His masses and motets show particular sensitivity to the setting of text, and his secular songs are written in a popular manner.
Escobar was born in Oporto c1465 and was a singer in the chapel choir at the court of Isabella I from 1489 to 1499, during which time he composed masses in collaboration with Juan de Anchieta, Peñalosa, Hernández and Alva. After a brief return to Portugal, he was invited to be master of the choirboys of Seville Cathedral.
Escobar's duties as magister puerorum included teaching polyphony to the boys in addition to feeding and clothing them. Having failed to augment his salary, he resigned the post in 1514. He is next known to have been mestre da capela to Cardianl Dom Affonso in 1521 and died at some point after 1535.
Of his music, the four-voice motet Clamabat autem mulier Cananea is particularly admired for its contrapuntal subtlety, and the 18 secular songs in the Cancionero Musical de Palacio are also highly regarded.