Maxime Jacob

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Maxime Jacob, or Dom Clément Jacob, (13 January 1906, Bordeaux – 26 February 1977, Abbaye En-Calcat, Dourgne, Tarn) was a French composer and organist.

Biography[edit]

Jacob studied at the Paris Conservatory with Charles Koechlin and André Gedalge; an admirer of Darius Milhaud and Erik Satie, he was a member of the Ecole d'Acueil. In 1929, Jacob converted from Judaism to Catholicism (influenced by Jacques Maritain) and became a Benedictine monk. He would go on to study organ with Maurice Duruflé, as well as Gregorian chant.

Jacob also published two books, L'art et la grâce (1939) and Souvenirs a deux voix (1969).

In the Anglosphere, his hymn tune "Living God" in 77.77 meter with 77.77 refrain, used for I Received the Living God (J'ai reçu le Dieu vivant),[1] is well known.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Musica Sacra Forum http://forum.musicasacra.com/forum/discussion/4940/vatican-ii-hymnal-installment-5-hymn-selections-completed-/p2 (copyright for hymn held by Éditions du Seuil)—Hymnary.org and Soundclick.com,among others, have listed the hymn as "Anonymous."

Works[edit]

Vocal
  • Par la Taille (opera, after Alfred Jarry)
  • Le Vitrail de Sainte-Thérèse (oratorio, 1952)
  • Joinville et Saint-Louis (oratorio, after Péguy, 1971)
  • Les psaumes pour tous les temps (1966)
  • ca. 400 stage songs
Orchestral
  • Ouverture (1923)
  • Piano Concerto, 1961
Chamber music
  • 8 string quartets
Miscellaneous

Further reading[edit]

  • Marie-Rose Clouzot (1969), Souvenirs en deux voix: De Maxime Jacob à dom Clément Jacob, Toulouse: Privat.
  • Don Randel, The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music. Harvard, 1996, p. 413.
  • "Maxime Jacob" in French Wikipedia http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxime_Jacob .