EAT THIS BREAD

Composer: Jacques Berthier

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 >

Tune Information

Title: EAT THIS BREAD
Composer: Jacques Berthier (1984)
Meter: Irregular
Incipit: 55666 77771 71223
Key: G Major
Copyright: © 1984, Les Presses de Taizé, GIA Publications Inc. agent

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Eat This Bread

Eat this bread, drink this cup,
come to me and never be hungry.
Eat this bread, drink this cup,
trust in me and you will not thirst.

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Eat This Bread

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Like JESUS, REMEMBER ME (217), EAT THIS BREAD is a meditative chorus intended to be sung repeatedly and accompanied with various descants; repetitions are more natural when sung as refrains to the solo stanzas. Sing this chorus in harmony without accompaniment, with a song leader indicating dynamics, sometimes forte, sometimes piano.
After several repetitions, intersperse humming to enhance the meditative effect of the singing. Add oboe, flute, recorder, or violin for the instrumental descants. The number of repetitions (with or without stanzas and instrumental descants) may be determined by the worship leaders. It should not be rushed. Use a combination of choir and congregational singing, if you like, perhaps interspersed with instrumentals and humming. One manner of performance is recorded on We Come, 0 Christ, to You (1985), a CRC Publications cassette recording of hymns for worship. Additional descant melodies are published in Music from Taizé (vol. 2; Instrumental Edition, G-2778A).

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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