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Choral ~ Holiday ~ A Cappella



“Silent Night”

(An arrangement of the melody by Franz Gruber, 1818)



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This is perhaps the most famous and beloved of all Christmas carols, so I knew I wanted to put my own stamp on it!

My arrangement for 8-part mixed choir is lush and expressive, and full of fresh harmonies. By casting the familiar melody in a different light, my setting allows audiences to hear this carol as if for the first time.

This piece is of course appropriate for a concert setting, but it also makes a lovely addition to a candlelight church service or a festival of lessons and carols.

Silent Night

Words by Joseph Mohr, 1816 — Translated by John F. Young, 1859

Complete text:

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright, all is calm tonight.

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child,
Holy Infant so tender and mild.
Sleep in heavenly peace!

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from Heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing, “alleluia!”
Christ, the Savior, is born!

Silent night, holy night!
Son of God, Love’s pure light!
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm tonight.

Watch video below!