Manuel Machado composed several sacred works, but he is better known for his profane 3- and 4-voice cantigas and romances in an early Baroque style. Unfortunately, very few of his works have survived (most of them were destroyed during the 1755 Lisbon earthquake).
Manuel Machado studied at the Claustra college of the Lisbon cathedral with the renowned composer Duarte Lobo. He moved to Spain and in 1610 he became a musician of the royal chapel in Madrid, where his father, Lope Machado, was already a harpist. In 1639 he became a musician in the palace of Philip IV of Spain, and in 1642 he was rewarded “for his long years of service”.