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… Go to person page >
Composer (Psalm tone): Chysogonus Waddell
Father Chrysogonus Waddell, OCSO, passed from this life and entered life eternal on the solemnity of Christ the King, November 23, 2008, at the age of 78.
Father Chrysogonus studied music composition with Vincent Perschetti at the Philadelphia Conservatory. A convert to Roman Catholicism in 1949, he entered the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani the following year. He was ordained a priest in 1958 and pursued further theological studies in Rome at the College of San Anselmo. Following in the tradition of his fellow Cistercian, Thomas Merton, Father Chrysogonus lived in a hermitage away from the abbey for nearly thirty years. He was choirmaster at the abbey for a number of years. In addition to his compositions, Father Chrysogonus published… Go to person page >
Composer (Antiphon): Suzanne Toolan
Suzanne Toolan, RSM
On the first Friday of every month, Taizé evening prayer around the cross is celebrated in the chapel at Mercy Center, a retreat facility in Burlingame, California. The event attract hundreds every month who gather to sing the music of Taizé, to hear God's word, and to reflect in the atmosphere of candlelight. the director of this prayer experience is Sister Suzanne Toolan, RSM. most of us know her as the composer of "I Am the Bread of Life."
Born in Lansing, Michigan, Sister Suzanne moved to Hollywood at age seventeen. It was in Hollywood she became a student of Richard Keys Biggs. After her profession as a Sister of Mercy, she earned a masters degree in humanities and then began her teaching career. In addition… Go to person page >