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Silent Night is 200 years old!
Silent Night at the GROSSARLER HOF
Silent night, holy night… probably the world’s most famous Christmas carol celebrates a milestone birthday this year. On 24 December 1818 – precisely 200 years ago – the Reverend Joseph Mohr (lyrics) and the teacher Franz Xaver Gruber (music) first played the newly composed song at the church of St Nicholas in Oberndorf near Salzburg. In honour of this occasion, the region’s Silent Night locations are staging exhibitions, events and special Christmas market features. This slice of musical history embodies the Christmas traditions of the German-speaking world like no other carol and is now sung in around 300 languages around the globe. This is why it was added to Austria’s list of intangible cultural heritage back in 2011.
At the 4-star superior GROSSARLER HOF hotel, we too wish to celebrate this very special anniversary. Silent Night locations are easily accessible from Grossarl. Immerse yourself in the incomparable Advent magic of SalzburgerLand and enjoy all our festive traditions! Combine your stay at the GROSSARLER HOF with day trips to the Silent Night locations and a musical journey through time.
Nine locations in Austria are dedicated to the magic of Silent Night:
Joseph Mohr, the lyricist of the legendary Christmas carol, spent his final eleven years in Wagrain. The Joseph Mohr memorial organ in the parish church, the Joseph Mohr room in the Waggerl House and his grave in Wagrain’s cemetery are monuments to the popular parish vicar. At the Pflegerschlössl museum near the parish church, you can learn about the lyrics of Silent Night, translated into over 300 languages and dialects.
Joseph Mohr was born in Salzburg in 1792. The Salzburg Museum at Mozartplatz is celebrating two centuries of Silent Night with a special exhibition entitled ‘Silent Night 200 – The Story. The Message. The Present.’ Historical recordings, installations, objects, documents, and two autographs provide different approaches to the song, its creators and its distribution.
Silent Night was first heard in front of the St Nicholas church in Oberndorf on Christmas Eve 1818. The now world-famous Christmas carol is commemorated here in the Silent Night Chapel. The Silent Night Museum in the Old Vicarage provides historical information about the genesis and distribution of the song. Tip: Post your Christmas list at the Silent Night post office!
Back in 1816, this is where the curate Joseph Mohr wrote the Silent Night poem which wasn’t set to music until two years later. The highlights of Mariapfarr are the Silent Night Museum with a nativity scene dating back to 1750, Mohr’s reconstructed Stube and the parish church. The Silent Night Museum documents Joseph Mohr and his family’s life.
In 1818, Franz Xaver Gruber composed the Silent Night melody in Arnsdorf’s schoolhouse. He was also a sexton at the parish church. The schoolhouse now houses a museum.
Known for its salt mine, the town is considered the composer Gruber’s second most important site and is also where he died. A museum is housed in his former home in the Silent Night district, in front of which is his grave.
Other Silent Night locations are Steyr, Hochburg-Ach, Hippach and Fügen. In Steyr, the 1st Austrian Christmas Museum exhibits a replica of the first printing of Silent Night. Hochburg-Ach in Upper Austria is the birthplace of Franz Xaver Gruber where you can visit the Franz Xaver Gruber Memorial House and the Franz Xaver Gruber Peace Trail. The local history museum in Hippach shows the history of Silent Night’s global popularisation, and Fügen boasts the world’s largest collection of Silent Night recordings.
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