Vroye, Theodore Joseph

1804-1873

 

Born at Villers-la-Ville, Belgium. In 1828 he entered the priesthood and in 1835 was appointed canon and precentor of the Cathedral of Liege. He had devoted all his spare time to the study of plain-song and liturgical singing and became a connoisseur of church-music. As musical director of the Cathedral he improved and developed the music wonderfully. His Vesperal, published in 1829, greatly aided the reform of Gregorian song in Belgium, as did his Graduel, Manuale cantorum, Processionale, and Rituale Romanum. He also produced a Traite de plain-chant a Tusage des Seminaires, and his last work was a pamphlet written jointly with Chevalier Van Elewyck, entitled De la Musique Religieuse, which treats of the Congresses of Paris and Mechlin on service music. He died at Liege.