Jef Tinel (1885 – 1972) was born in the Walloon lessines (Hainaut) region where his father, Oscar was a teacher. He was the nephew of
Edgar Tinel (1854-1912). He got his first music and organ lessons from his father and at the age of eight was already substituting as an
organist in major churches. It was at this time that he began to compose. After his studies at the college of Eeklo, he moved to the normal
school in Sint-Niklaas to be a teacher and organist. From 1903 to 1907, he studied at the Lemmens Institute in Mechelen where he was
laureate in organ, harmony, counterpoint, and fugue. His teacher, amongst others was Edgar Tinel, Director of the Lemmens Institute. He
subsequently completed his studies in composition with Leo Madushani in Ghent.
From 1908, he started his career as koster-organist in Maldegem, Sint-Amandsberg, Zele, and Ghent. He conducted choirs and brass
bands in Ardooie, Ieper, Zele, Aspelare, Roeselare, Lede, and Aalst. Later he became Director of the music school in Maldegem and
teacher at the high school in Maldegem and Eeklo. Tinel remained Director until the liberation in 1944. Later he became Maestro di
cappella of the Verdinaso. He died in 1972 of a stroke at the age of 87. His complete opus list shows an extensive body of work, ranging
from orchestral suites and cantatas, works for organ and piano to all forms of vocal music. His songs, masses and motets were
particularly well known. His work is part of the late-romantic movement. He was not innovator or experimenter, but his works are well
balanced, and his harmonies exhibit a personality of their own.
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Peter Leys provided the score, which is available on imslp.org.