“Silent Night” (German: “Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht”) is a popular Christmas carol, composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria.
It was declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011.
What is the message of Silent Night?
In 1818, when the carol was created, most Christmas music was written with one single purpose in mind: reinforce existing class distinctions. Whereas Handel or Bach’s music served to sustain the power of King and Church, “Silent Night” conveyed the opposite message: hope for ordinary people.
Who wrote the hymn Silent Night?
Is Silent Night a true story?
The True Story of ‘Silent Night’ There’s a wonderful story about the carol “Silent Night.” Supposedly, the song was first performed on Christmas Eve in 1818, just a few hours after it had been written. Joseph Mohr actually wrote the lyrics to “Silent Night” several years before, in 1816.
How many times has Silent Night been recorded?
In the almost nine decades since, the song has been recorded and re-recorded by countless artists. Time magazine found that “Silent Night” is by far the most recorded carol in America since 1978, outstripping runner-up “Joy to the World” almost two to one.