200th Anniversary for “Silent Night”

23 Dec 2018 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on 200th Anniversary for “Silent Night”

“Silent Night” was first performed on Christmas Eve,1818 at St. Nicolas Parish Church in Oberndorf, Austria.

A young priest, Father Joseph Mohr of the Salzburg region, previously wrote the lyrics as a poem in 1816 entitled “Stille Nacht”.

The pipe organ at St. Nicolas had broken down and all wondered what they would do for Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve in 1818. Father Mohr asked an organist in a nearby village, Franz Gruber, to compose a simple melody for guitar as an accompaniment to the lyrics.

Karl Muracher, who serviced the organ at the church, loved the song and took the composition home with him. Hence, it was performed for Kings and Czars; and, ultimately made it to the United States in 1839 where it was first played in New York City.

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