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Stille Nacht (arr Vinson)

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Franz Gruber

Franz Gruber (arr. Chip Davis; adapt. Johnnie Vinson)

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General Info

Year: 1818 / 1985
Duration: c. 3:40
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Carol
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
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 Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Convertible Bass Line
Piano (optional Synthesizer)

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Mannheim Steamroller's version of this ever-popular carol has become a modern classic. The beautiful melody is mixed with strikingly contemporary harmonies to create a work that appeals to all generations and tastes in Johnnie Vinson's wonderful adaptation.

- 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

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Franz Xaver Gruber, Wikipedia
  • Gruber, F.; Davis, C.; Vinson, J. (1985). Stille Nacht: Recorded by Mannheim Steamroller [score]. Dots and Dashes: Milwaukee, Wisc.