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Jacques Berthier
Short Name: Jacques Berthier
Full Name: Berthier, Jacques, 1923-1994
Birth Year: 1923
Death Year: 1994

Jacques Berthier (b. Auxerre, Burgundy, June 27, 1923; d. June 27, 1994) A son of musical parents, Berthier studied music at the Ecole Cesar Franck in Paris. From 1961 until his death he served as organist at St. Ignace Church, Paris. Although his published works include numerous compositions for organ, voice, and instruments, Berthier is best known as the composer of service music for the Taizé community near Cluny, Burgundy. Influenced by the French liturgist and church musician Joseph Gelineau, Berthier began writing songs for equal voices in 1955 for the services of the then nascent community of twenty brothers at Taizé. As the Taizé community grew, Berthier continued to compose most of the mini-hymns, canons, and various associated instrumental arrangements, which are now universally known as the Taizé repertoire. In the past two decades this repertoire has become widely used in North American church music in both Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions.

Bert Polman

Wikipedia Biography

Jacques Berthier (27 June 1923 – 27 June 1994) was a French composer of liturgical music, best known for writing much of the music used at Taizé.

Hymnals by Jacques Berthier (4)sort descendingAsPublication Year
Cantos de TaizéJacques Berthier (Author)1986
Music from Taizé: Vol. IJacques Berthier (Author)1978
Music from Taizé: Vol. IIJacques Berthier (Author)1982
Songs and Prayers from TaizéJacques Berthier (Author)1991

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