Nine composers' settings of texts from the 18th-century folk collection.
Among his vocal works are settings of Chinese and Japanese texts.
Medieval techniques and approaches to text setting are plentiful, even dominant.
Many of his compositions are musical settings of religious texts.
Mostly though, his text setting was awkward, singsongy and undifferentiated.
In his text settings, Janacek specifically sought a conversational quality.
There are also some weaknesses in Mr. Thomas's approach to text setting.
Both are fairly simple; strophic, with syllabic settings of light texts.
The text setting has its amusing turns.
And Moore's text settings thwart the singers, placing phrases in awkward regions of the voice.