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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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The soul is distracted from that which is sung by a chant that is employed for the purpose of giving pleasure. But if the singer chant for the sake of devotion, he pays more attention to what he says, both because he lingers more thereon, and because, as Augustine remarks (Confess. x, 33), “each affection of our spirit, according to its variety, has its own appropriate measure in the voice, and singing, by some hidden correspondence wherewith it is stirred.” The same applies to the hearers, for even if some of them understand not what is sung, yet they understand why it is sung, namely, for God's glory: and this is enough to arouse their devotion.
— St. Thomas Aquinas

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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.”