text: Acts 4:12
Es ist in keinem andern Heil
Johannes Herbst (1735-1812) was born at Kempten, Swabia, and joined the Moravian Church in 1748. He first served the church as bookkeeper and teacher, and especially as an organist, before coming to America in 1785 to be a pastor in Lancaster and Lititz, Pennsylvania. In his spare time he was a prolific composer, producing over 100 anthems and 200 sacred songs. He was also an avid copier of other composers’ music, and his personal collection of over 1000 anthems and many larger works is a source of incalculable value for the study of Moravian music. He was consecrated a bishop in Lititz on May 12, 1811, two days before leaving to take up new work in Salem, North Carolina. He brought his precious music collection with him, but served only a few months before his death there on January 15, 1812. He is buried in God’s Acre in Salem.
There Is Salvation In Christ Alone was edited from manuscript parts in the Salem Congregation Collection and Herbst Collection. Full score and parts are available from the Moravian Music Foundation.
The funding for this publication was provided as a gift to Dr. John V. Sinclair with grateful and sincere appreciation for the many ways he supports and promotes Moravian music.