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A theorist, organist, and conductor, Jeff Ostrowski holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004), and did graduate work in Musicology. He serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP parish in Los Angeles, where he resides with his wife and children.
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Using the shoddiest, sleaziest material we have for the purpose of glorifying God is not very sound theology or even very good common sense. […] (In general, when you see a diminished seventh chord in a hymn, run.) And these chords are usually used in bad hymns in precisely the same order in which they occur in “Sweet Adeline.”
— Paul Hume (1956)

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Canon Van Nuffel's Setting Of Smoke Rising
published 14 February 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

ERONICA BRANDT recently used a Tolkien quote for one of her blogs, so maybe that’s why one came to my mind. 1 But my article is not about a Tolkien story; it deals with a famous verse from the Bible, saying “may our prayers rise like incense to Heaven.” Play through the following harmonization by Canon Jules Van Nuffel—do you agree that the remarkable passage in yellow is Van Nuffel’s effort to paint a “heavenly” picture?

    * *  PDF Download • “Dirigatur” by Fr. Jules Van Nuffel (d. 1953)

763 Smoke Nuffel




NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   “Smoke rises from the Mountain of Doom. The hour grows late, and Gandalf the Grey rides to Isengard seeking my counsel.”