Listen: Et iterum venturus est

Peter Bannister leads the Ensemble orchestral de Paris in a rehearsal of Et iterum venturus est.

Peter Bannister discusses the creation of Et iterum venturus est and the connection between music and spirituality.


Peter Bannister interview, Part 1

Peter Bannister interview, Part 2

Composer Peter Bannister speaks with Greg Wheatley, host of Moody Radio’s Prime Time America, about the creation and performance of Et iterum venturus est.

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"


Et Iterum venturus est ("And he shall come again")

Peter Bannister
Et Iterum venturus est
("And he shall come again")

Mixed chorus (SATB), soprano, bass soloists & orchestra
DURATION: 60 minutes
TEXT: verses from the Old and New Testaments
prophecying the birth and second coming of Christ
Oratorio in memory of Olivier Messiaen,
conceived as a work for the Advent season.



World Premiere
December 2008
Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
Maîtrise de Paris and the French Army Choirs
Aleksandra Zamojska, soprano
Matthew Brook, bass
Peter Bannister, conductor
La Trinité Church
Paris, France

  Olivier Messiaen, 1972, Photo: George Tames, The New York Times

Peter Bannister’s Et iterum venturus est was created under commission from Soli Deo Gloria in homage to the late composer Olivier Messiaen. The world premiere took place on the eve of Messiaen’s 100th birthday anniversary, in the final concert of the year-long celebration of Messiaen at his own Paris church of La Trinité, where he served as organist for over sixty years.The title of Bannister's piece, Et iterum venturus est, is taken from the Nicene Creed and is translated, "And he shall come again." The piece was conceived as a work for the Advent season, using texts from the Old and New Testaments concerning the Incarnation (the birth of Christ) and the Parousia (second coming of Christ). Click here for an English translation of the text.


Poster for the centenary Messiaen concert at La Trinité  



Et Iterum venturus est
1. Fall and Protoevangelion
2. Prophecy
3. Incarnation
4. Kenosis
5. Resurrection
6. Ascension
7. Parousia (Second Coming)






  Peter Bannister leading the EOP in rehearsal of Et Iterum venturus est

Bannister intended the work to honour
Messiaen's memory by continuing his
exploration of the interface between music
and theology. In a keynote address at the
Southern Methodist University’s symposium
on ”Olivier Messiaen: The Musician as Theologian,” Peter Bannister spoke about the universality of Messiaen’s spiritual vision:






“While rooted in the historical particularity of the Roman Catholic Church with its rich devotional and intellectual heritage, Messiaen’s vision is universal. True catholicity underpins his integration of elements from other traditions extending even to the non-Christian cultures of India and Japan. Believing in the God of all time and space, Messiaen is no respecter of geographical or temporal boundaries; all humanity is embraced by the coming consummation of the divine plan to which works such as the Quartet for the end of time or Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum are compelling pointers.”


World premiere at La Trinité, Paris  

The near-capacity crowd at La Trinité for the world premiere of Et iterum venturus est was unmistakably taken in by the new work, welcoming it with nearly five minutes of sustained applause and curtain calls for the composer and performers.