Joseph Gelineau

Joseph Gelineau
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Short Name: Joseph Gelineau
Full Name: Gelineau, Joseph, 1920-2008
Birth Year: 1920
Death Year: 2008

Joseph Gelineau (1920-2008)

Gelineau's translation and musical settings of the psalms have achieved nearly universal usage in the Christian church of the Western world. These psalms faithfully recapture the Hebrew poetic structure and images. To accommodate this structure his psalm tones were designed to express the asymmetrical three-line/four-line design of the psalm texts. He collaborated with R. Tournay and R. Schwab and reworked the Jerusalem Bible Psalter. Their joint effort produced the Psautier de la Bible de Jerusalem and recording Psaumes, which won the Gran Prix de L' Academie Charles Cros in 1953.

The musical settings followed four years later. Shortly after, the Gregorian Institute of America published Twenty-four Psalms and Canticles, which was the premier issue of his psalms in the United States. Certainly, his text and his settings have provided a feasible and beautiful solution to the singing of the psalms that the 1963 reforms envisioned. Parishes, their cantors, and choirs were well-equipped to sing the psalms when they embarked on the Gelineau psalmody.

Gelineau was active in liturgical development from the very time of his ordination in 1951. He taught at the Institut Catholique de Paris and was active in several movements leading toward Vatican II. His influence in the United States as well in Europe (he was one of the founding organizers of Universa Laus, the international church music association) is as far reaching as it is broad. Proof of that is the number of times "My shepherd is the Lord" has been reprinted and reprinted in numerous funeral worship leaflets, collections, and hymnals.

His prolific career includes hundreds of compositions ranging from litanies to responsories. His setting of Psalm 106/107, "The Love of the Lord," for assembly, organ, and orchestra premiéred at the 1989 National Association of Pastoral Musicians convention in Long Beach, California.

--www.giamusic.com

Wikipedia Biography

Joseph Gelineau (Champ-sur-Layon, Maine-et-Loire, 31 October 1920 – Sallanches, 8 August 2008) was a French Catholic Jesuit priest and composer, mainly of modern Christian liturgical music. He was a member of the translation committee for La Bible de Jérusalem (1959). Having entered the Society of Jesus in 1941, Gelineau studied theology at a Catholic seminary in Lyon and music in Paris. He was one of the founders of the international study group on music and liturgy Universa Laus.

Texts by Joseph Gelineau (13)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
Aujourd'hui, le roi des cieuxJoseph Gélineau (Author)French2
The first noel, the angel did sayJoseph Gelineau (Translator)English1
Arise, come to your God Joseph Gelineau, SJ (Author (Antiphon))English, Spanish8
How great is your name, O Lord our GodJoseph Gelineau, SJ, b. 1920 (Author (Antiphon))English1
Le monde ancien s'en est alléJoseph Gélineau (Author)French2
Lord, you are my shepherdJoseph Gelineau, 1920-2008 (Author (verses))English4
My shepherd is the Lord, Nothing indeed shall I wantJoseph Gelineau, b. 1920 (Author (Refrain))2
Out of the depths I cry to You, O LordJoseph Gelineau (Author (Antiphon I))English4
Shepherd me, O GodJoseph Gelineau, b. 1920 (Author)1
Stay with us, Savior, for ev'ning is comingJoseph Gelineau (Translator, French)English2
Strong is God's love for usJoseph Gelineau (Response)2
Thanks be to God and all praise to His name!Joseph Gelineau (Author (French))English, French, German6
The Lord is my shepherd; There is nothing I shall want (Grail 1963)Joseph Gelineau (b. 1920) (Author (antiphons))English, Spanish8

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