Duyse, Flor [Florimond] van
- Eric Blom
- , revised by Anne-Marie Riessauw
(b Ghent, Aug 4, 1843; d Ghent, May 18, 1910). Belgian musicologist and composer. The son of the poet Prudens van Duyse, he studied the violin from the age of seven. When he was ten he entered the Ghent Conservatory, where he was a pupil of Karel Miry; he won prizes in harmony (1859) and counterpoint (1861–2). His operetta Teniers te Grimbergen, on a libretto by his father, was produced in 1860 at the Minardtheater in Ghent, and several short vaudevilles followed at the Nationaal Toneel in Antwerp; his opéra comique Rosalinde was also produced there in 1864. At about this time he entered the University of Ghent, where he took a degree in law in 1867. While continuing to compose (in 1873 he won second prize in the Belgian Prix de Rome with his cantata Torquato Tasso’s dood), he made a career as a magistrate and as a musicologist. He played an important part in the cultural education of the working class by organizing evenings of singing, which were highly successful. However, his greatest musical achievements lie in his researches into folksong, in which connection he did epoch-making work. His last monograph, ...