Silent Night

This Christmas we count down the days with an advent calendar of the 25 best Christmas carols ever written, as voted for by 50 top choral experts from the across the UK and US.

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Silent Night
1 December: Silent Night
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Silent Night

Words: Joseph Mohr

Music: Franz Gruber

On Christmas Eve 1818 priest Joseph Mohr turned up on the doorstep of his friend Franz Xaver Gruber and asked him to write a carol, supposedly because the organ of their church, St Nicholas’s in Obendorf, near Salzburg, was broken. That same day, the speedily composed number was heard for the first time, sung by solo voices, choir and a guitar. Its message of peace remains ever popular – there’s even a Silent Night society.

 

 

 

 

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