|Comp.||Gruber, Franz Xaver|
|Title||Stille nacht, heilige nacht (Silent Night)|
|Record no.||AL 1152|
|Matrix no.||30 4641 DT5177|
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There are many stories about how this song was composed. Most familiar is the story about how a hungry organ mouse chewed through the bellows and put the organ out of operation, so that a song had to be hastily written that could be accompanied on a guitar. Whether or not the story is true, it has in itself become a part of our Christmas traditions. But when the priest Joseph Mohr wrote his text and when the schoolmaster Franz Xaver Gruber composed his simple melody and guitar accompaniment for Christmas 1818, neither of them could possibly have imagined that this Christmas carol would be translated into over 40 different languages and become a central part of the Christmas celebrations around the world. Nor could they have dreamt that nearly 200 years later the motto of their home district of Oberndorf, on the borders between Austria and Bavaria, would be "Oberndorf bei Salzburg – Die Stille-nacht-Gemeinde" ("Obendorf - the Silent-Night Borough")!
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