Stille Nacht

Silent Night

by Franz Gruber

Text Author: Joseph Mohr

Arranged by: Richard Proulx

Translated by: John F. Young

Descant and Arr. for v. 3 © 2004 GIA.

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Vocal Forces: SATB

Accompaniment: Organ

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

Series: Christmas

Difficulty Level: E

Description:

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!

Categories: Choral Vocal

Seasonal: Christmastide

Liturgical: Christmas Vigil, Christmas Night

Scored for: Brass, Mixed Ensemble, Strings, Woodwinds

Ensemble/Orchestration: Quintet

Number of Pages: 8

Language: English; German

Format: Octavo

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