LeAnne Martin
Christians in the Arts

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Peter Bannister on Olivier Messiaen

Today I want to focus on music. Peter Bannister, a Franco-British composer, performer and musicologist, composed a large-scale choral and orchestral work Et iterum venturus est in memory of composer Olivier Messiaen. Commissioned by Soli Deo Gloria, the work recently received its first performance at the church of La Trinité in Paris.

Bannister wrote an interesting article about Olivier Messiaen for Thinking Faith in which he addresses the inevitable accusation aimed at any artist who professes Christ--that his work is simply "propaganda" for the Christian faith. Bannister makes a compelling argument to the contrary as he discusses Messiaen and his music.

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