Vicente Emilio Sojo
Venezuelan classical musicians
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Vicente Emilio Sojo was a Venezuelan musicologist, educator and composer, born in Guatire, Miranda (state).
Vicente Emilio Sojo was born to a musical family. Most notable was the fact that both his great-grandfathers were Chapel Masters. In 1896 he began musical studies under professor Regulo Rico. In 1906 he moved to Caracas, where in 1910 he entered the School of Music and Declamation, while simultaneously continuing his self-taught studies in Humanities; in this period he began composing his first musical works. In 1921 he was appointed Music Professor in the School of Music and Declamation. He kept on composing works of diverse sorts for different instrumental and vocal combinations. In 1928, in the occasion of the foundation of the Orfeon (Choir) Lamas, he wrote his first polyphonic opus.
In 1930 he already was Conductor of the Orfeon Lamas and had founded the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, of which he was not only conductor-founder, but a resolute and constant driving force. In 1940, together with other composers he prepared the first song book for Venezuelan children. In 1944, the first promotion of composers graduated under Sojo in the Jose Angel Lamas school of music.
The Vicente Emilio Sojo Foundation (FUNVES)
International Jose Guillermo Carrillo Foundation
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