Tuesday, December 24, 2013

On December 24, 1818..

... the currett of a parish in Obendorf, Austria, Joseph Moore, gave a poem that he had written to a friend of his, Franz Gruber, who was also the choir master and organist in that church.

He asked Mr. Gruber if he would write music "for his poem" - that he might write it for two solo voices and guitar accompaniment; because the organ being broken, he desperately wanted music to be part of their  Christmas Eve service.

Mr. Gruber wrote the melody to a song which has become the most beloved of all Christmas carols, Stille Nacht. In English, Silent Night - Schlaf in Himmlisher Ruh...Sleep in heavenly peace.

The Muppets and John Denver sing Silent Night

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