Silent Night, Holy Night, a 200 years old Christmas Carol
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This most famous Christmas carol, Silent Night, Holy Night, celebrated its 200th birthday.
The beautiful song has been translated in more than 300 languages. The text was written by a young assistant priest Joseph Mohr. He handed his text to the musician Franz Xaver Gruber who composed the simple but lovely melody that same afternoon. A few hours later it was heard for the first time in the church of Oberndorf by Salzburg. As the church organ was out of order a guitar was used to accompany 2 voices.
This happened on the 24th of December of the year 1818.
Napoleon's wars had caused upheaval and pain. The year 1818 had brought sorrow and hunger. This song gave hope and solace to all the people.
Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske