Descant and Arr. for v. 3 © 2004 GIA.
Item #: G-6146 Status: Available
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Vocal Forces: SATB
Separate Instruments: Flute, Oboe, Horn in F I, Horn in F II, Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello, Bass
Tune Name: Stille nacht
Text Source: Stille Naht, helige Nacht, Jospeh Mohr, 1792–1848, tr. John F. Young, 1820–1885
Music Source: Franz Xaver Gruber, 1787–1863; v. 3 descant Bruce A. Larsen, 1923–1996; v. 3 arr. Richard Proulx
Difficulty Level: E
This version of “Silent Night” is an augmented instrumental arrangement by Franz Gruber of the famous guitar accompaniment.
In this subsequent “original” version scored for guitar, string trio, and two horns, the verses are sung as duets with the full choir taking up the refrain.
The editor/ arranger’s brilliant notes indicate this version is in the “form of an Austrian ländler dance,” of which the original manuscript is in the possession of the famous von Trapp family.
This edition with Bruce Larson’s descant and violin obbligato is a treasure trove for any serious, or sentimental, musician!
Liturgical: Christmas Vigil, Christmas Night
Scored for: Brass, Mixed Ensemble, Strings, Woodwinds
Number of Pages: 8
Language: English; German