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Jules Van Nuffel (1883 – 1953) was a Belgian priest, "musicologist, "composer, and a renowned expert on "religious music.



Born on 21 March 1883 in "Hemiksem, Belgium, Van Nuffel studied at the Grand "Seminary of "Mechelen for the "priesthood, in addition to "piano, "violin, "organ, "harmony and "counterpoint. He was ordained priest by "Cardinal Mercier on 25 May 1907.[1][2] As a cantor at "Mechelen Cathedral, he founded the cathedral choir, and directed it until 1949. In this connection, he collaborated with the "organist at the cathedral, the renowned "Flor Peeters. Also, from 1918 until his death (in "Wilrijk, Belgium), on 25 June 1953, Van Nuffel directed the "Lemmens Institute in "Leuven.[3].


A nationally prominent composer of "liturgical works (though little known outside his native land),[4] Van Nuffel numbered among his favorite composers "Bach, "Wagner and "Debussy. The numbering of the psalms, which he composed for the liturgy, follows the "Latin Psalter.

One of his crowning achievements was the creation of the Nova Organi Harmonia. This was an eight-volume collection of "Gregorian accompaniments, composed by Van Nuffel himself, along with Peeters, Jules Vyverman, Marinus de Jong, and other professors at the Lemmens Institute. The Nova Organi Harmonia was reprinted in many editions after "World War II.

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ Van Espen 2006, p. 30.
  2. ^ "Biografie - Jules Van Nuffel". julesvannuffel.be. Archived from the original on 1 January 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Van Espen 2006, p. 86.
  4. ^ Fellerer 1961, p. 261.


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