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SilentNight

Silent Night is a Christmas song from Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas, Santa's Rockin'!, and Go Santa Go!. it was written by Franz Xaver Gruber & Joseph Mohr.

Origins

The song was first performed on Christmas Eve 1818 at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, a village in the Austrian Empire on the Salzach river in present-day Austria. A young priest, Father Joseph Mohr, had come to Oberndorf the year before. He had written the lyrics of the song "Stille Nacht" in 1816 at Mariapfarr, the hometown of his father in the Salzburg Lungau region, where Joseph had worked as a co-adjutor.

The melody was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, schoolmaster and organist in the nearby village of Arnsdorf. Before Christmas Eve, Mohr brought the words to Gruber and asked him to compose a melody and guitar accompaniment for the Christmas Eve mass. Together they performed the new carol during the mass on the night of 24 December.

The original manuscript has been lost. However, a manuscript was discovered in 1995 in Mohr's handwriting and dated by researchers as c. 1820. It states that Mohr wrote the words in 1816 when he was assigned to a pilgrim church in Mariapfarr, Austria, and shows that the music was composed by Gruber in 1818. This is the earliest manuscript that exists and the only one in Mohr's handwriting.

Production

Greg provides the lead vocals and Jeff and Anthony provides the backing vocals. Murray plays the electric guitar, Maria Schattovits plays the violin, Angela Lindsay plays the viola, Margaret Lindsay plays the cello, and Dominic Lindsay plays the trumpet.

Song Credits

1996 Version

  • Music: Franz Xaver Gruber
  • Lyrics: Joseph Mohr
  • Arrangement: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Publisher: EMI Music

2004 Version

2013 Version

Musicians

1996 Version

2004 Version

2013 Version

Song Lyrics

Silent night, holy night.

All is calm, all is bright.

Round yon virgin, mother and child.

Holy Infant, so tender and mild.

Sleep in heavenly peace.

Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night.

Shepherds quake at the sight.

Glories stream from heaven afar.

Heavenly hosts sing "hallelujah".

Christ the savior is born.

Christ the savior is born.

Silent night, holy night.

All is calm, all is bright.

Round yon virgin, mother and child.

Holy Infant, so tender and mild.

Sleep in heavenly peace.

Sleep in heavenly peace.

Video Performances

Album Appearances

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