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Worship Feast | Taizé Songbook: Songs from the Taizé Community Paperback – August 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Series: Worship Feast
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0687739322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687739325
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,037,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
Taize style music is very popular among college-age worshippers today, and our Centre for University Ministry regularly offers Taize services. The hallmarks of Taize services are simplicity, peaceful spirituality, and music based upon the chant styles of the Taize monastery in France. Founded in the aftermath of the second World War, Taize is dedicated to peace and ecumenical action.

Taize music is both simple and sophisticated. Brother Roger, founder of Taize, seeks to add a prayerful element to music, and a musical element to prayer, believing firmly in the old dictum, 'those who sing, pray twice'.

The songs in this collection include melody lines for singers and chords for guitar or keyboard accompaniment. There is a CD that is available separately that will enhance the experience for groups, as well as serve as a guide for those who want to practice or sing on their own.

While many Taize chant tunes are adaptable to be sung in multiple parts, this book only has the primary melody line, without harmonic parts included. What is included, however, is alternate translations for many of the tunes. Some are presented in French, some in Spanish, and some in Latin. The Latin is not due to Catholic influence as much as it a shared language among many people's linguistic heritage while no longer being anyone's first language.

This small book is a rich expression, wonderfully presented.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By bonnie on February 18, 2011
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i was unable to look inside these books, and when i got them i discovered that they only have a melody line, no parts included in the songs. i had purchased them for choir use and am unable to use them. i tried to do the return thing with amazon, got no response from amazon, which was disappointing.
if this is reviewed, i would certainly like to return these books and would appreciate a message from amazon since i thought you stood behind the products sold.
i think it is misleading to have to buy music without an ability to look at one page of what is actually inside the book. it is a pain to have to try to return a product, as i have stated.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery L Welch on February 12, 2013
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This is a songbook for worshipers, not written in parts for a choir. Melody line and chords are included, and recordings of the the full songs are included in "Worship Feast: 20 Complete Services in the Spirit of Taizé" (http://www.amazon.com/Worship-Feast-Taize-Services-Split/dp/0687741912/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_z) for those who are interested.

My chief complaint is that the lyrics of two of the fifteen songs are illegible, due to a printing error. This may not affect all printings (mine is 9th printing, 2012). The songs are #13, Sing Praises (Laudate omnes gentes), and #14, Stay with Us (Bleib mit diener Gnade).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 11, 2007
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Nice songs from Taize, but the book is very small. I thought there would be more songs.
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By faith on February 9, 2012
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I think the Taize book is a wonderful addition to faithful, and reverent adoration of out Lord. It is too bad so many others do'nt take the time to sit and listen to the chants and play the music. It is very relaxing and truly brings you closer to God.
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