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About the work:
Psalm 91 was commissioned by the Elmer Iseler Singers and the Vancouver Chamber Choir for a concert in Toronto featuring the combined choirs on March 7 2008.
The composer writes: 'The inspiration for this work came from a clairvoyant trance reading by the American Prophet Edgar Cayce on Christ’s Last Supper. After describing the scene in a manner consistent with the descriptions in the canonical gospels, but with much more detail, Cayce said “They sing the ninety-first Psalm—‘he that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; my God; in Him I trust.’ He is the musician as well, for He uses the harp. They leave for the garden.” (Reading 5749-1). When I first read this passage many years prior to composing the work, I was stricken by this imagery of Christ accompanying his disciples on the harp in the singing of this Psalm and recalled that as a youth I had seen in a book a photograph of a small statuette dating back to early Christianity depicting Christ as a seated musician playing the harp. When the request for a choral work came from the two choirs I saw it as an opportunity to set this Psalm to music and asked the choirs for permission to add a harp to the instrumentation. They agreed and I embarked on the task of setting Psalm 91 to music.'