Great Songs of the Church-Silent Night

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I had mentioned some time ago that I wanted to do a series on great hymns as part of our Musical Monday. Well, I realize it is Wednesday night….but still…..

We’ll begin our series with a selection of favorite Christmas hymns. Lord willing, we will look at one a week.

Our very first Christmas hymn may be the most well-known and loved: Silent Night.

Though there are various tales surrounding the history of this hymn, I am going to share with you what Wikepedia and In Mozart’s Footsteps report.

In a small Austrian village named Oberndorf, Silent Night was written as a poem in 1816 by Joseph Mohr. On Christmas Eve 1818 he presented it to Franz Gruber to set it to music.  They performed the hymn that very same night-at St. Nicholas Church-with Mohr and Gruber singing the melody, joined by the choir and Mohr accompanying on solo guitar. …

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