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Piano Music & Lyrics for “Silent Night”

Printable Sheet Music for ‘Silent Night/Stille Nacht’

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  • First Published: 1818; Oberndorf, Austria

  • Key: Originally published in D major

History of “Silent Night / Stille Nacht” | Lyrics & Chords

The music for the Christmas carol “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht” was originally written for guitar in 1818 by church organist and composer Franz Xaver Gruber at the request of Joseph Mohr, the new priest in Oberndorf. Mohr wished to set to music three stanzas of lyrics illustrating the ambiance of Christmas Eve he had written two years prior, so that it could be performed for the first time at Midnight Mass.

In 1859, American John Freeman Young published an English translation of the carol’s first three stanzas.


Learn “Silent Night” on Piano

This tranquil D major arrangement is set in 3/4 time, and includes a vocal score with English and German lyrics.

Choose from the following printer-friendly formats:

More Silent Night Resources:

  • SilentNight.web.za
    An amazing resource. Find popular & traditional lyrics as well as lesser-known variants of the carol in every major language, countless dialects, and even a few constructed tongues. A linguaphile’s dream!

  • German.about.com
    Lyrics in English and standard, modern German, with a side-by-side translation of the original German text.


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▪ Staff & Barlines

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Because the piano has so many notes, its sheet music uses a two-part staff – or “grand staff” – consisting of the treble and bass staves. These staves are read slightly differently from one another, but both follow the same note pattern. Learn these notes, and memorize them with helpful mnemonic devices: ▪ Piano Chords

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