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Gelineau psalmody is better known in Roman Catholic than in protestant circles. Here is a description of this genre of psalm-singing from my Reformed Worship article, Straight from Scripture : One of the more interesting ways of singing the psalms was developed by Joseph Gelineau of France. Ancient Hebrew meter is somewhat like early English meter e.
Gelineau psalmody is often sung to the Grail translation, which was produced specifically for this purpose. Gelineau psalmody also takes into account the different number of lines within each stanza, something that is not possible with other methods of psalm-chanting. Gelineau psalms are usually sung responsively. The soloist or choir begins by singing the refrain; then the congregation repeats it. The psalm then proceeds responsively with a soloist or choir chanting the verses and the congregation responding with the refrain.
A refrain or antiphon, an older term is much easier to learn than the whole psalm. Among Protestants who are used to exclusive metrical psalmody, the responsorial style has the advantage of making a clear distinction between psalms and hymns. Rather than simply reading the psalm directly from the Bible or singing a paraphrased version of it metrically, the congregation can sing the actual words from Scripture.
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Although I myself have worked with metrical psalms, I firmly believe Gelineau psalmody deserves to be better known outside of Roman Catholic circles. Close Login. Web Exclusives First Thoughts. Intellectual Retreats Erasmus Lectures. Video Podcasts. Gelineau psalmody by David T. Koyzis 4. Prev Article. Next Article. Articles by David T. Koyzis ByzntnCalvnst. Show 0 comments. America's most influential journal of religion and public life.
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To participate in the discussions on Catholic church music, sign in or register as a forum member, The forum is a project of the Church Music Association of America. Discussions Activity Sign In. General Music Discussion Gelineau Psalms. If you are inquiring about the text of the psalms from the Revised Grail Psalms , or psalm texts from earlier editions of the Grail psalms going back to the 's , yes, they are all under copyright.
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Gelineau psalmody is a method of singing the Psalms that was developed in France by Catholic Jesuit priest Joseph Gelineau around , with English translations appearing some ten years later. Gelineau was himself part of the working group of the French Jerusalem Bible and he developed a revised version of that psalter which respected the rhythms of the Hebrew original. This was later translated into English as the Grail Psalms translation of the Psalter. The psalm verse uses a "pulsed tone" technique, with a variable number of syllables between the main pulses barlines. Each line has a prescribed number of accented syllables, even though the total number of syllables varies from line to line. In that sense, it may be regarded as similar to the song Three Blind Mice : each line contains the same number of bars pulses , but the number of syllables varies from three "Three blind mice" to eleven "Did ever you see such a thing in your life". Unlike the chant-like verses, the antiphon is more like a short hymn -verse in a regular metre.