Stille Nacht

From Wind Repertory Project
Franz Gruber

Franz Gruber (arr. Chip Davis and Robert Longfield)

General Info

Year: 1818 / 1987?
Duration: c. 5:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Carol
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone

Players singing (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This lovely arrangement of Silent Night, faithful to the recording by Mannheim Steamroller, is refreshing, and satisfying and even includes some tastefully written vocal parts for several sections of the band.

- Program Note from publisher

Together with Joseph Mohr, a Catholic priest who wrote the original German lyrics, Franz 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


State Ratings

  • Tennessee: IV


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Symphonic Band (Brian Youngblood, conductor) - 2 December 2021
  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) Symphony Band (Chad Reep, conductor) – 20 November 2019
  • Mercyhurst University (Erie, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Scott Meier, conductor) – 18 November 2018
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Higgins, conductor) – 7 December 2017
  • Mercyhurst University (Erie, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Scott Meier, conductor) – 19 November 2017
  • Quad City Wind Ensemble (Davenport, Iowa) (Brian Hughes, conductor) – December 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Silent Night (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Booker) (1818/2015/2020)

All Wind Works


  • Franz Xaver Gruber, Wikipedia
  • Gruber, F.; Davis, C.; Longfield, R. [1987?]. Stille Nacht : Recorded by Mannheim Steamroller [score]. Dots and Lines Ink: Milwaukee, Wisc.