Advice on setting Biblical text to a choral composition
Date: May 12, 2014
I am being asked to compose a choral work for my high school choir director's 25th year of teaching which will be premiered at a concert sometime next year. I asked his colleague and long time friend if she had any ideas for the text of the piece, and she told me that Psalm 62 means a lot to him. This is my first time setting Biblical text to music and I am not sure what to do. Should I try to use the entirety of the text while composing the piece or should I take the portions that stand out the most from the text and try to create a consolidated version of the Psalm? I know that above all else, the most important thing is to have the meaning of the text in tact, but I'm not sure what the best way of doing that is quite yet.
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