Origin of the Christmas carol “Silent Night”

Silent Night, one of the best known carols today, who does not know this composition? Or at least, who has not heard? And this carol, composed in German by the Austrian school teacher and organist Franz Xaver Gruber and written by the Austrian priest Joseph Mohr, is a tremendous composition for Christmas.

This song was first performed on December 24, 1818. Although this work was composed by Mohr, on Christmas Eve took it to Gruber and asked him to do a guitar accompaniment for the service of the church. It is also said that many romantic legends have emerged from this song.

The manuscript of this composition is in the Carolino Augusteum Museum in Salzburg and has been declared as intangible cultural heritage of mankind in 2011. This song has been published by different singers and in different genres. The most popular is the Bing Crosby version, being the third single in the whole story.

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight!
Glories stream from heaven afar;
Heavenly hosts sing Al-le-lu-ia!
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born!


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