« Les Chants du Pèlerin » (« The Pilgrim’s Song »)

(Les Cahiers Liturgiques, No 10, Geneva, 2001, 346 p., ISSN 1420-5823)


Les Chants du Pèlerin is an anthology of hymns, psalms and canticles designed as a tool to provide French speaking congregations and communities with an international collection of hymns "ancient and new." It contains 206 hymns, 5 liturgical suites and a commissioned work La Prière du Soir. Introductory material includes a 31-day devotional cycle (Petite Liturgie Quotidienne) with 24 psalms, 7 canticles and sacred poetry; an Introduction explaining the selection process for the anthology, and a short history of hymns. It concludes with a section of indexes.

Twentieth century composers represented include: Jacques Berthier, Maurice Duruflé, Michel Fischer, Marie-Louise Girod, Jean Langlais, Dominique Ombrie; Perry Beach, R. I. Darke, William Gardiner, Gustav Holst, Ronald Perrin, Eric Routley, David Willcocks, Ralph Vaughan Williams, David G. Wilson, and Dale Wood; Hymnists from the past include: John Dykes, John Goss, Charles Hubert H. Parry, Rowland Hugh Prichard, Isaac Watts, Samuel S. Wesley; J.S. Bach, Loys Bourgeois, Claude Goudimel, G.F. Handel, Michael Praetorius, Heinrich Schütz, and Melchior Vulpius. Latin Hymns, European and American folk tunes are also represented along with Psalmody (French metrical and French Anglican) and psalms composed by Joseph Gelineau and André Gouzes.

Indexes are provided for topics, authors/translators, composers/arrangers, sources of texts and tunes, copyright acknowledgments; tunes; and titles (translated and original language) with keys. A listing of the contents of Les Cahiers Liturgiques Nrs 1-9, 1989-1999 concludes the volume.

(New translations from English into French by Joëlle Gouel)