Yuletide Series: Silent Night (BLP #101)



SATB (A cappella)

“Silent Night” resulted from collaboration between Bavarian assistant priest Joseph Mohr (1792-1849) and schoolmaster/organist Franz X. Gruber (1787-1863).  The carol apparently came about as a “last resort” to provide new music for a Christmas Eve midnight mass in the tiny village of Obendorf, Bavaria in 1818.  According to Gruber, Mohr sang the tenor part and played the simple guitar accompaniment while Gruber sang bass.  Perhaps the most beloved of all carols, Mohr’s original German text (“Stille Nacht, Helige Nacht”) was translated into English by John F. Young (1820-1885).

Duration: 3:12
Grade: IV
Publisher: BoonesLick Press