Stille Nacht was written as a poem by Joseph Mohr in 1816 and set to music by his friend Franz Gruber in 1818. The original version consisted of verses one, two and six below.

The English translation below comes directly from the original lyrics in German. It's different from the version that's commonly known in the English-speaking world as Silent Night.

Notes

Loralee wrote, "The story is told of long ago, in a town on the German/Austrian border, when a beautiful new piece of Christmas music was being prepared to present to the people on Christmas Eve. However, a little mouse had wandered into the grand organ that was to be used to play the song. That naughty little mouse had chewed a hole right in the bellows, rendering the organ useless. There was panic as the people wondered if their Christmas Eve would be ruined, but a solution was found and the piece was presented with a guitar. Now this song, Stille Nacht is possibly the most recognized Christmas Carol and most certainly a favorite."

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1st recording by Kristel Tretter.

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2nd recording: Symphonic choral version by the Chorakademie Dortmund.

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3rd Recording: Thanks to Matt Huffman for singing this song for us. Matt wrote: "Attached is a barbershop arrangement of the song auf Deutsch which I recorded for you."

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In the performance below, they sing the first and last verses only.
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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Stille Nacht

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Thanks to Edward M. Gawlinski for contributing this song, for the midi tune and for sending us sheet music. Many thanks to Christina Weising for her French translation. English translation by Tatie Monique and Mama Lisa. Thanks to Loralee Jo Kurzius for her commentary.

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