Devroye, Théodore Joseph [Vroye, Théodore Joseph de]
- John A. Emerson
[Vroye, Théodore Joseph de]
(b Villers-la-Ville, Brabant, Aug 19, 1804; d Liège, July 29, 1873). Belgian music scholar. He studied for the priesthood at the seminaries in Mechelen and Liège and was ordained in Münster in 1828. He served at the church of St Christophe in Liège from 1830 until 1835, when he was appointed to the cathedral as canon and precentor for the diocese of Liège. His many activities within diocesan administration included the restoration of churches which had suffered from recent wars in Europe, the construction of organs and the rejuvenation of religious music. Between 1842 and 1862 he attempted to reform the faulty plainsong melodies which were being used in the Catholic church services throughout the diocese by editing a series of revised liturgical books based on the Medicean editions of Plantin and of Plomteux. Devroye’s editions demonstrate his theory promoting precise correspondence between melodic and prosodic accents. He was president of the church music congresses held in Mechelen in ...