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Silent Night (arr Marlatt)

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Franz Gruber

Franz Gruber (arr. David Marlatt)


General Info

Year: 1818 / 2014
Duration: c. 2:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Eighth Note Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $20.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II-III-IV-V-VI


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

This is considered one of the most serene Christmas carols of all time. The piece was originally written for two voices and guitar because the church organ had broken down. This arrangement is fairly standard in its treatment of both the melody and the harmonies. It is a simple and elegant piece and has been arranged as such.

- Program Note by publisher


Together with Joseph Mohr, a Catholic priest who wrote the original German lyrics, Gruber composed the music for the Christmas carol Silent Night. On Christmas Eve of 1818, Mohr, an assistant pastor at St Nicholas, showed Gruber a six-stanza poem he had written in 1816. He asked Gruber to set the poem to music. The church organ had broken down so Gruber produced a melody with guitar arrangement for the poem. The two men sang Stille Nacht for the first time at Christmas Mass in St Nicholas Church while Mohr played guitar and the choir repeated the last two lines of each verse.

In later years, Gruber composed additional arrangements of the carol for organ and for organ with orchestra, as well as scores of other carols and masses, many of which are still in print and sung today in Austrian churches.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


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Performances

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  • Callanwolde Concert Band (Atlanta, Ga.) (Glenn Moore, conductor) – 4 December 2016


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