When surveying the setting of biblical texts to music, it is useful to approach the subject matter in multiple ways. One, which will be our focus here in part 2, is to look at specific texts, often comparing the different ways a particular text was set to music by different composers in different times, traditions, and circumstances. Another, which will be our focus in part 3, is to consider a particular composer or songwriter and discuss their influences, their distinctive style, the various texts they chose to set, and other such things in the context of their creative work as a whole. Each provides important insights and deserves attention.
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