Composer: Jacques Berthier

Jacques Berthier (27 June 1923 – 27 June 1994) was a French composer of liturgical music, best known for writing much of the music used at Taizé.  Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Jacques Berthier (1978)
Incipit: 33343 42222 12323
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: © 1981, Les Presses de Taizé, GIA Publications Inc. agent


JESUS, REMEMBER ME (1978) is a simple tune from the hand of Jacques Berthier (b. Auxerre, France, 1923; d. Paris, France, 1994), one of the primary composers associated with the Taizé community. Consisting of just two phrases in melodic sequence, the tune is intended for singing in harmony, with repeats optional at the discretion of the performers. One can forgo the quarter rest at the middle of each line, singing basically two long lines for the entire song. In a meditative service, repeat the song a number of times (with some use of the two descants)–sometimes softly, sometimes forcefully, sometimes only humming. The song can also be sung as a "frame" surrounding spoken or silent prayers, or as a refrain to a series of spoken prayers.

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 instrumental arrangements, which are now universally known as the Taizé repertoire. In the past two decades this repertoire has become widely used in North American church music in both Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook


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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #838
Catholic Book of Worship III #380
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #393
Chalice Hymnal #569Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #775Page Scan
Common Praise (1998) #634
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #616
Gather (3rd ed.) #510
Gather Comprehensive #404Page Scan
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #422Page Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #227Text InfoFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #214
Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #165
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #398
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #97
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #169TextFlexScorePage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #767
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #706
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #599Text
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #217Text InfoTune InfoAudio
Renew! #227
Sing! A New Creation #143AudioPage Scan
Singing Our Faith: a hymnal for young Catholics #122
Singing the Faith #777
Songs for Life #168Page Scan
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #561
The United Methodist Hymnal #488TextFlexScore
The Worshiping Church #822
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #730
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #148Text
With One Voice #740
Worship (4th ed.) #869
Worship and Rejoice #285Page Scan
Worship: a hymnal and service book for Roman Catholics (3rd ed.) #423Page Scan
찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #364