Joseph Gelineau

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.[1] He was a member of the translation committee for La Bible de Jérusalem (1959).[2]

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.

Heavily influenced by Gregorian chant, he developed his Gelineau psalmody which is used worldwide. Later he composed numerous chants for the ecumenical French Taizé Community.[3] He was associated with the Institut Catholique de Paris.

Selected recordings

  • Hymnes de Joseph Gelineau 4CD, Studio SM
  • Psaumes de Joseph Gelineau 4CD, Studio SM


  1. French music since Berlioz - Page 195 Richard Langham Smith, Caroline Potter - 2006 "During the 1950s, Joseph Gelineau (b. 1920) wrote a vast number of short responsorial psalm settings, using the vernacular texts of La Bible de Jerusalem. Gelineau trained as a musician at the Ecole Cesar Franck in Paris, before becoming ..."
  2. The Presbyterian Hymnal Companion - Page 138 LindaJo K. McKim, LindaJo H. McKim - 1993 "Joseph Gelineau (b. 1920), a French Jesuit, was a member of the translation committee for La Bible de Jerusalem ( 1959). He worked with the Psalter in an effort to reproduce the Hebrew rhythm patterns in French."
  3. "Taize Worship". Retrieved 2009-03-21.

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