Land of Silent Night Salzburg!
Silent Night! is a Christmas Eve tradition – one that’s beloved around the globe. At Silent Night communities throughout the province, the story behind this magical song from Salzburg is brought back to life.
Probably the world’s most popular Christmas carol
A mega hit: “Silent Night! Holy Night!” has been translated into more than 300 languages and dialects – making it one of the most popular songs the world has ever known. It was first performed on December 24, 1818, at St. Nicholas’ Church in Oberndorf. The text was penned by Salzburg priest Joseph Mohr, while the melody was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, a teacher from Upper Austria. The legend of organ bellows that had been gnawed through by mice isn’t quite accurate: From the very beginning, the song was intended to be played on a guitar, the preferred instrument of “simple folk”.
Things take a more traditional turn during Salzburg Advent Singing at the Grosses Festspielhaus: 180 participants bring the story behind the creation and dissemination of the Christmas song “Silent Night!” musically to the stage. But the 200-year anniversary won’t only be celebrated at the Grosses Festspielhaus: During “Salzburger Advent ®” at the church of St. Andrä and “Salzburg Advent Serenades” in the Gothic Hall at St. Blasius’ Church, the spotlight of their performances is also cast squarely on the first performance of this Christmas song.
Celebrate 200 years of "Silent Night! Holy Night!"
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