Composer: John Karl Hirten
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Composer: John Karl Hirten

A published composer of a wide range of liturgical, sacred and secular works, John Karl Hirten’s music has been featured on Minnesota Public Radio’s Pipedreams program, at conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Anglican Musicians. His hymn tunes have won awards and his choral music is also regularly performed in churches and concert venues around the world. Recent commissions include Inscriptions, a piece for orchestra and chorus, A complete Evening Service (using the Anglican Prayer Book), and a setting of the chorale "Ein feste Burg" in minimalist style. John Karl Hirten has a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he studied with Paul-Ma… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: ALEXANDRA (Hirten)
Composer: John Karl Hirten
Meter: D
Incipit: 56123 21664 3215
Key: A Major
Copyright: © 1995 San Francisco Chapter, American Guild of Organists.


As newborn stars were stirred to song

As newborn stars were stirred to song
when all things came to be,
as Miriam and Moses sang
when Israel was set free,
so music bursts unbidden forth
when God-filled hearts rejoice,
to waken awe and gratitude
and give mute faith a voice.

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