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… Go to person page >
Translator: Adolf Burkhardt
Evangelical German pastor, writer, translator (largely of religious songs), ecumenical activist, and one of the most influential and prolific hymnal compilers in Esperanto. He was a member of the editorial committee responsible for the 1971 Protestant hymnal Adoru Kantante, the sole compiler of the ten-installment Tero kaj Ĉielo Kantu (later republished in three volumes), and one of the three members of "Kloster Kirchberg", the editorial board that produced the 2001 ecumenical Esperanto hymnal Adoru - Ekumena Diserva Libro.
Burkhardt was honored in a 368-page Festschrift, Esperante kaj Ekumene, Fest-libro por la 75a naskiĝ-tago de Adolf Burkhardt. With the other members of Kloster Kirchberg, he shared in the 2002 FAME-foundation's… Go to person page >