Silent Night is so beautiful, a wonderful carol that oozes Christmas
It is a song that is immediately recognizable and loved.
The song was first performed on Christmas Eve 1818 at the St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf bei
The small town on the Salzach river, part of the former Archbishopric of Salzburg, had just
passed to Austria
in 1816. The young priest Father Joseph Mohr had come to Oberndorf
the year before, he had already written the lyrics of the song
"Stille Nacht" in 1816 at Mariapfarr,
the hometown of his father in the Salzburg Lungau region,
where he had worked as a coadjutor.
The melody was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, schoolmaster and organist in the nearby
. Before Christmas Eve, Mohr
brought the words to Gruber and asked him to compose a melody
and guitar accompaniment for the church service. Both performed the
carol during the mass on the night of December 24. village
Here Andy Williams performs an amazing version