#MusicMonday #TisTheSeason

For the last Christmas song this year I chose Silent Night. I wanted to have the beautiful song in English but also as close to the original arrangement as possible. I couldn’t settle on one so I selected two.

This one with presented by The Georgia’s Boys’ Choir is more recent. I loved the composition and that it was a cappella.

The second one I chose as it’s the closest to the original version that you’ll find performed. It’s performed by the Vienna Boys’ Choir and brought about by Andrea Scalia of the Renaissance Music Project.

I settled on Silent Night after my mother received a card that gave the story of how the carol Silent Night came to be. The story wasn’t complete so I dug around, being an author and curious I do this a lot. Needless to say I found the complete story fascinating.

The lyrics were written by Father Joseph Morh in 1816 at Mariapfarr in the Salzburg Lungau region.

However, the song wouldn’t be written until 1818. Disaster struck, the church organ was damaged after a river flooding. Searching for a resolution Mohr brought the poem he’d compiled to Franz Gruber and asked him to compose a melody and guitar accompaniment for the Christmas Eve mass.

Silent Night is one of my favorite Christmas songs. I loved learning how it came into existence.

I hope your holidays are merry and bright!

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