JUAN BAUTISTA PLAZA (1898 - 1965)
Juan Bautista Plaza (1898–1965), composer and musicologist, first studied law and medicine at the Central University of Venezuela while directing the choir at the Caracas French School. In 1920 he won a scholarship to study composition in Rome. On returning to Venezuela in 1923 he became choirmaster of Caracas Cathedral and in 1924 Professor of Harmony at the Escuela Nacional de Música. He was later appointed Director of Culture in the Ministry of Education. His compositions include a quantity of choral music, as well as orchestral and instrumental works. Plaza also arranged the official version of the Venezuelan national anthem.