Emiel Joseph "Jef" Tinel was born on 11 May 1885 in Lessen (Belgium). He was the cousin of composer Edgar Tinel and his father was himself an organist. So Jef Tinel learned to play the piano and organ from an early age. Jef Tinel later studied organ and composition in Mechelen and Gent. He then worked as a organist and chorus master in Zele, Gent and Maldegem. For many years he was also the director of the music school in Maldegem. In his late years Jef Tinel moved to Gent where he died on 25 May 1972.
Jef Tinel is today most famous for his choral work "Wij zijn bereid" (1937) and he composed mainly songs and choral works.
In my possession are two autograph manuscripts: First the "Ballade for 4 violins, 2 violas and cello" and second "Ongestadig, for 3 violins" (1935).