Category Archives: Salzburg’s Musical History

The Story of Silent Night: The Origin Of The Hymn

With such a beloved piece of Christmas as Silent Night, it is not surprising that there are many stories of how it came to be. Although some of these are lovely tales, most are works of romanticized fiction. After studying … Continue reading

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The Story of Silent Night: Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber

The world’s most beloved Christmas Carol, Silent Night, comes from the small Austrian village of Oberndorf, just north of Salzburg. On Christmas Eve, 1818, the congregation of St. Nicholas Church heard the first performance of this wonderful music. Since then, … Continue reading

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