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