Silent Night, Holy Night, a 200 years old Christmas Carol

Last Update: December 26, 2018

Snow covered landscape, Pixabay photo

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.

Silent Night. Holy Night by the Vienna Boys Choir

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske

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ValerieJoy Premium
Very beautiful, Taetske. Thank you.
I remember the Vienna Boys Choir performing in a theatre in Auckland, New Zealand, many years ago. No doubt they toured the country at that time. It's too long ago to remember details, but I've never forgotten the beauty of their lovely young voices.

Thank you for reviving old memories.

Valerie
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Valerie,

On my 15th birthday, I was in Wien. ( I got leave from school, just imagine) My parents were there as Papa attended at an International Water Congress. One of the highlights of these 5 days was the concert of the Wiener Sanger Knaben, beautiful.
I have good English friends who live below Auckland, do you also live there? Michael wants to show me New Zealand, let's see when we can make it.

All the best, Taetske
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GiuliaB Premium
I'd heard that it was its 200th anniversary, Taetske, but I didn't know the story of its birth before. Thank you ever so much for enlightening us, it makes it all more Christmassy 💖

Giulia
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Giulia,

I hope your Christmas has been nice together with your family.
We had it nice and tranquil, tomorrow we have a friend coming and that will be the last time we will lite the candles. The next day the little tree will be put in the garden.
Wishing you a good start and hopefully, you will have a healthy and successful 2019.

Hug from your friend in the south, Taetske
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DebbieRose Premium
Thanks for the background, Taetske. I had never heard that story before. It is such a simple song...sung so beautifully by the Choir...brought tears to my eyes. Lovely image too!.
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Debbie,

When one realizes that this song exists already 200 years and has been sung by so many millions of people worldwide, it makes you wonder when the human race will realize we are one big family.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Noteboom Premium
This is an incredible song! I never listen to it before the 20th of December because how holy it is for me. But after it, I listen to it many times on day till 6th of January.

Magnificent song!
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Johann,

My Father had a German record which would be played the moment my Mother had lit the candles of the Christmas tree.
Far away you could hear the church bells and you could imagine snow-covered fields. Suddenly the choir would start singing
Silent Night, Holy Night. It was always such a special moment.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Noteboom Premium
Amazing!
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tburch17 Premium
Thanks for sharing. I had no idea about the history of this lovely song. Beautiful!
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Patricia,

Yes, it is a lovely song, beautiful and heartwarming.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Fleeky Premium
BEautiful homage to a timeless hymn
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Fleeky,

Nice to see you and thank you for stopping by. I am off to bed, am tired after 2 late nights.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Fleeky Premium
Nite nite
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bigrog44 Premium
I love that Christmas carol especially when the Temptation sings it.
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Roger,

I hope you had nice Christmas days and your foot is doing ok.
Yes, there are so many lovely interpretations of this carol.

Greetings from the douth of Spain, Taetske
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MiaL Premium
It’s a beautiful Christmas carol. Thanks for sharing it’s history
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Melissa,

You are welcome. It is a lovely carol and it reminds me of the lovely Christmases I used to have when I was still small.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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FKelso Premium
Thanks for the post and the song. I've heard it done by them before. It's lovely.
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Fran.

In 1965 on my 15th birthday I was in Wien and heard the Wiener Sanger Knaben life in the chapel, something to never forget.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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FKelso Premium
How wonderful that must have been! Memories such as that one are treasures to be remembered through the years.
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PMindra Premium
How Beautiful.
Thank you Taetske.
Actually, Taetske, I handed it over to Elton John. He then sent it to Bon Jovi who then sent it to Cher.
Thank you.
Paul.
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Paul,

Thank you for stopping by and your comment.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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PMindra Premium
Tongue in Cheek Taetske.
Of course you are best friends with Elton John, Bon Jovi and Cher.
Thank you.

Paul.
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laparra1 Premium
Actually, I am best friends with Elton John who came to sing for me on a Costa del Sol concert years ago.

Taetske
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PMindra Premium
Wow. I knew it.
Express my regards the next time you see him.
Candle in the wind. Never knowing who to tun to when it all sets in.
Paul.
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PMindra Premium
Kindest regards, Taetske. You are a very special person.
Thank you for being a friend.
Paul.
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laparra1 Premium
You are sweet Paul, thank you.

Taetske
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PMindra Premium
Thank you.
How can I promote you moving into the new year?
Hi, my name id Paul.
I have a friend called Taetske. She is from the South of Spain...
Do you understand where I am going here?
Paul.
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Paul,

Just awake, grey cells not activated yet, do not know where you are going.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Lazyblogger Premium
Wow! Is that long. Still a classic with the amount of versions existed. Thanks for the information and happy holidays.
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Bishop,

Thank you for stopping by.
Best wishes for a healthy and successful 2019.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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