“Silent Night” or “Stille Nacht” in its original German was written by Joseph Mohr in 1816 and composed by Franz Xaver Gruber in 1818 in Oberndorg, Austria.
Mohr was a Catholic priest who wrote a six-stanza poem called Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht! Two years later, he asked his friend, Gruber, to compose a melody for the poem. On Christmas Mass at St. Nicholas Church, the two men sang this carol.
Many years later, John Freeman Young was assigned to New York’s Trinity Church as a bishop where “he translated European hymns into English as a hobby.” Young translated many hymns, but “Silent Night” is the most well known.
Today, this peaceful telling of Christ’s birth is sung around the world. ThePianoGuys’ new version of an old classic will give you all the right feels and take you straight to the manger.
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