Listen: Quatre Psaumes

"Psalm 27" and "Psalm 42," from a video of the world premiere performed by Peter Bannister, piano, and Bertrand Grunenwald, bass.


"Psalm 139" and "Psalm 121," from a video of the world premiere performed by Peter Bannister, piano, and Bertrand Grunenwald, bass.


For information on performing this work or obtaining a perusal score, please contact SDG.

About the composer

Born in London in 1966 but resident in Paris since 1989, Peter Bannister has earned awards at the national and international level as a composer and performer, including the Prix André Caplet for composition from the Institut de France as well as prizes at the Chartres and Nuremberg international organ competitions and three awards at the International Composition Competition in San Sebastian (Spain).

His catalogue comprises orchestral, choral, chamber and solo vocal and instrumental music, with performances in Europe and North America, as well as broadcasts on Italian and American public radio.

As a solo pianist and organist, Bannister has given concerto performances and recitals in Britain, Austria, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and the USA. Committed to inter-disciplinary dialogue between theology, art, and science, he has given guest lectures at the Institut Catholique de Paris, American Episcopal Cathedral in Paris, St Andrews Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Boston University, Calvin, Carthage and Wheaton Colleges.

For a complete biography, visit Peter Bannister's website.

For Peter Bannister's music and theology blog, visit "Da stand das Meer"


Quatre Psaumes

Peter Bannister
Quatre Psaumes

Voice (bass) and piano
DURATION: 18 minutes
TEXT: Based on selections from Psalms 27, 42, 139, 121
A cycle of Psalms in French (or English).





World Premiere
October 2012
Bertrand Grunenwald, bass
Peter Bannister, piano
Collège des Bernardins
Paris, France


College des Bernardins, Paris  

A musical evening in Paris revolving around the biblical Psalms, set to music by Christian and Jewish composers, featured the world premiere of Peter Bannister’s Quatre Psaumes for voice and piano.

The concert was performed at the Collège des Bernardins in collaboration with The Father Thierry Vernet (Collège des Bernardins), theologian Anne-Marie Reijnen (Chair Kairos Catholic Institute), and Peter Bannister, supported by the Crescendo Association France. The composer accompanied bass soloist Bertrand Grunenwald, who is an SDG board member in Paris.

Also on the program were performances of works by Roxanna Panufnik and Yehudi Wyner, whose own premieres of Psalm settings commissioned by Soli Deo Gloria premiered earlier this year.


Antonin Dvorak Biblical Songs Op. 99, 1-5
Yehudi Wyner Psalm 119, Psalm 66 (1950/1967)
Andrzej and Roxanna Panufnik Prayer to the Virgin of Skempe (1990/1999)
Peter Bannister Quatre Psaumes (Ps. 27, 42, 139, 121) (SDG commission, world premiere)


Additional performances:

November 2012
American Episcopal Cathedral
Paris, France
Amy Blake, soprano
Debra Takakjian, piano