Silent Night has a beautiful and contemplative beginning. In 1818 a traveling band of actors performed the nativity story for a small alpine town in Austria. In attendance was Joseph Franz Mohr, the priest of a neighboring village. Touched by the performance, he couldn’t get it out of his mind during the three mile walk back to his own town. As he crested the hill, he looked down upon the snowy village surrounded on three sides by a river, which tonight looked calm and peaceful. Earlier that year, the river had overflowed its banks and damaged much of the little town including the church. As a result, the organ was in disrepair. But tonight, the village was calm, peaceful, beautiful. Joseph paused at the top of the hill taking it all in… thinking about the holy family on Christmas Eve so many years ago. Words began to form in his mind, “Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht!” Silent Night, Holy Night. These were the words of a poem he had written two years before. As he continued to his home that night, he knew these words should have a melody to go with them. “Franz Gruber, our organist will be able to help me.” he thought. The very next day, the melody and words were matched together for the first time. And that is how Silent Night became one of the most loved Christmas songs of all time.
About this Arrangement
This arrangement of Silent Night comes from the book In Recital with Christmas Favorites Book 6 . Thank you Kayla for sharing it with the world!
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