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Permission for use of the songs of Taizé
For years now, parishes and Churches have been using the “songs of Taizé” and have included some of them in their worship books. The brothers of the Community are happy about this because it creates links between what the young people experience in Taizé and the life of the Churches.
It is important to sing the songs with the same simplicity as in Taizé, so that groups and parishes can discover both the song itself and the prayer it expresses.
There is a profound relation between the musical phrase and these few words that are sung “to infinity”. This long repetition of the same song is linked to a very ancient way of praying, including, for example, the Ave Maria in the West and the Jesus Prayer in the Eastern Churches. This is specifically what the Community wishes to preserve.
Formulated in many different ways, the numerous requests for permission to reproduce the songs have led the brothers to consider in some depth as to how the songs can best retain their true character and their reference to the commitment of the Community, with which they are generally associated.
The final version of each song is published only at the end of a long period of work by the composers and the authors, relying on the experience of the prayer at Taizé. Through this, each song has its unity and its style. This joint effort is closely linked to the Community’s ministry among the young and the ongoing search for a form of prayer that is accessible to a large number of people in the meetings, both at Taizé and elsewhere.
Some people ask the Community to accept modifications: adaptations, arrangements, new instrumental accompaniments, new words or new translations. However justified these changes may be in the eyes of their authors, if they were accepted, we would soon see the emergence of multiple versions of most of the songs, some of them pretty far from the original. This is exactly what the Community wishes to avoid. It seems essential to let the Taizé songs live “as they are”, in their simplicity and their original authenticity, as bearers of a prayer that is very simple and meditative.
These are the reasons why the Community authorises only the reproduction of the original versions of the songs, as they appear in the books published by Taizé, or by the authorised publishers in each country.
If you wish simply to sing the songs in public or private worship, no permission is needed.
If you wish to make a recording of the songs or to copy parts of existing recordings made at Taizé, please first contact A&PT.
Copying songs on paper
If you wish to copy or print the songs on paper or reproduce them on the internet, permission is needed. For non-commercial reproductions of the songs on paper – songsheets for the use of particular congregations, parishes, schools, choirs, or reproductions of individual pieces in liturgical song books for local use only – please ask for permission beforehand in the various countries as listed below, or otherwise contact A&PT directly.
For all other projects for reproduction or use of the songs – commercial or otherwise – it is important to contact A&PT.
Australia and New Zealand: Word Of Life International, P.O.Box 345, Mirboo North, Victoria, 3871. Tel: 03 5664 9245 Fax: 03 5664 9249 freelink sympac.com.au
UK and Ireland: Calamus, Oak House, 70 High Street, Brandon, Suffolk IP27 0AU, Tel: 01842 819 830, Fax: 01842 819 832, sue decanimusic.co.uk
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Likewise, for electronic re-transmission, notably via Internet, prior authorisation from A&PT is required.
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