1. Silent Night

From the recording Comfort & Joy

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Perhaps the best known carol of all, "Silent Night" also has a well known story behind it. Father Joseph Mohr (1792-1848) supposedly wrote the poem after visiting a woodman's home after the birth of a child. Mohr found the home and its surroundings to be rustic and simple and similar, he thought, to what the birth of Jesus must have been. That, combined with the quiet and peace of the woods at night in the snow gave him the inspiration for the words. Franz Gruber (1787-1863) composed the melody for guitar and created a simple arrangement reflecting the meaning of the words. Their creation was performed for the first time in public at the midnight mass at the Church of St. Nicholas in Oberndorf, Austria, on December 24, 1818. The song was later passed along to others and it made its way, eventually, around the globe. Beverly - hammered dulcimer; Bob - hammered dulcimer.