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Silent Night was written by Father Josef Mohr and the composer was Franz Gruber in Salzburg, Austria.

The song was first performed on Christmas Eve 1818 at St. Nicholas church in Oberndorf, Austria. A young priest Josef Mohr wrote the lyrics on the song “Stille Nacht” in 1816. He brought the words to Gruber and asked him to compose a melody and guitar accompaniment for the Christmas Eve mass. They performed it together. The original manuscript has been lost but was discovered in 1995, only exists in Mohr’s handwriting.

During the time of writing the words of Silent Night, the Napoleonic wars had come to an end, new boarders were crated and Salzburg lost its status as independent country. The salt trade also declined then fully recovered which caused a depression in the local economy, transport companies, boat builders and laborers facing unemployment and an unsure future.

Mohr's previous place of service, in Mariapfarr, had suffered greatly during the withdrawal of the Bavarian occupation troops in 1816 and 1817. Mohr was witness to these events and in 1816, he wrote the words to "Silent Night!" With this in mind, the creation of the 4th verse of "Silent Night!" takes on special meaning. Its text expresses a great longing for peace and comfort.

Source: Wikipedia, stillenacht.at


from Austin for Christmas, released December 2, 2017


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