Stille Nacht (Franz Xaver Gruber)

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\time 6/8 \key bes \major f,8. [(g16) f8] d4 r8 | f8. [g16 f8] d4 r8 | c'8. (b16) c8 a4 r8 | bes8. (a16) bes8 f4 r8

\time 6/8 \key bes \major g4 g8 bes8. [(a16) g8] | f8. [g16 f8] d4 r8 | g4 g8 bes8. [(a16) g8] | f8. [g16 f8] d4 r8

\time 6/8 \key bes \major c8. c16 c8 ees8. [c16 a8] | bes4. (d4) r8 | bes8. [f16 d8] f8. [ees16 c8] | bes2.

Original version:

\time 6/8 \key d \major a8. [(b16) a8] fis4 r8 | a8. [b16 a8] fis4 r8 | e'8. (dis16) e8 cis4 r8 | d8. (cis16) d8 a4 r8 | b8.( cis16) b8 d8[( cis8) b8] | a8.[ b16 a8] fis4 r8

\time 6/8 \key d \major b8.( cis16) b8 d8[( cis8) b8] | a8.[ b16 a8] fis4 r8 | cis'8. cis16 cis8 e8 d8 cis8 | d4.( fis4) r8 | d8.[ a16] fis16[( b16]) a8. g16 e8 | d4 r8 r4 r8 | r2. \bar "|."


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Edition notes: SSAA, German version, midi files available for each part. All files are available on http://www.evatoller.se/main_women_titles_S-OE.html
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English.png In English translation, "Silent night"

See also the Christmas Songbook

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Editor: Maggie Furtak (submitted 2019-11-07).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 1.46 MB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: SATB a cappella reharmonization.
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Edition notes: A straightforward adaptation of the traditional carol for SATB choir.
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Edition notes: SATB unaccompanied arrangement by Francis Melville
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Edition notes: SSAATTBB voicing
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Edition notes: SATB and Organ (new harmony)
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  • (Posted 2016-11-01)  CPDL #41651:   
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Edition notes: A simple bacarolle arrangement of Silent Night for 4 part choir and harp or piano accompaniment.
Arranger: Carl Grainger
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Edition notes: This arrangement is based on the original Austrian composition. The descant is traditional and of anonymous origin.
  • (Posted 2010-05-27)  CPDL #21577:   
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Edition notes: Harmonised by Heino Vergouwen.
  • (Posted 2010-05-14)  CPDL #21519:          (Sibelius 4)
Editor: Matthew Thibeault (submitted 2010-04-22).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 89 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: This version is derived from the 1917 edition of "55 Songs and Choruses for Community Singing".
  • (Posted 2008-12-13)  CPDL #18485:  Network.png
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Edition notes: Arr. Rod Mather with descant.
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Edition notes: Original version by Gruber for unison voices and organ.
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Edition notes: Arranged by Joseph Edmund Mills in 1977.
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Edition notes: 2 versions (SATB & SSAA), GIF format, low print resolution.
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Edition notes: arr. by Carl H. Reinecke, in English.
Arranger: Carl Reinecke

French.png In French translation, "Douce nuit"

  • (Posted 2007-12-23)  CPDL #15708:       
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Edition notes: SSATBB

Spanish.png In Spanish translation, "Noche de paz"

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Portuguese.png In Portuguese translation, "Noite feliz"

  • (Posted 2010-07-30)  CPDL #22034:  Network.png
Editor: J. Ashley Hall (submitted 2010-07-30).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 182 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Copyright © 2000 John Ashley Hall ◆ Todos direitos reservados ◆ Uso não comercial é permitido ◆ www.ashleyhallmusic.com

Latvian.png In Latvian translation, "Klusa nakts"

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Arranger: Mamerts Celminskis
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Edition notes: Edition in Bb Major.
Arranger: Mamerts Celminskis

Danish.png Danish version "Glade Jul, Dejlige Jul"

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Edition notes: German & English, SATB + organ accompaniment. This edition is available for free on a largely commercial external site.
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Edition notes: German & Spanish, SATB + organ accompaniment. This edition is available for free on a largely commercial external site.
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Edition notes: 1st verse only, in German and English.
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Edition notes: Arranged for SAB by Christopher Upton; German text.
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Edition notes: arr. by J. Ashley Hall, in English.
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Edition notes: A new setting of Gruber's famous melody for male-voice TTBB choir.
Arranger: Daniel Rouwkema
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Edition notes: In English, arr. by Douglas Brooks-Davies with organ accompaniment.
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Edition notes: In English, arr. by Douglas Brooks-Davies, a cappella.
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Edition notes: vocal arrangement of 'Silent Night'

General Information

Title: Silent Night
Composer: Franz Xaver Gruber
Lyricist: Joseph Mohr

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, other arrangements available
Genre: SacredCarol

Languages: German, English, Spanish, Dutch
Instruments: A cappella

First published: ca. 1854
  2nd published: 1882 in Liederkranz 3. Heft (Erk, Greef), no. 58
  3rd published: 1889 in 123 Volkslieder und Gesänge, no. 60
  4th published: 1893 in Deutscher Sängerhain (Ernst Schmidt), no. 5
  5th published: 1895 in Liederschatz für höhere Schulen (Gustav Noack), Volume 3, no. 6
  6th published: 1902 in Concordia, no. 1.01
  7th published: 1912 in Polyhymnia (Bösche, Linnarz, Reinbrecht), no. 52
  8th published: 1915 in Volksliederbuch für gemischten Chor, no. 81
  9th published: 1923 in Chorbuch des „Sängerhain“ 1923- (Ernst Dahlke), p. 371

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

1. Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute hochheilige Paar.
Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar,
Schlafe in himmlischer Ruh!

2. Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Gottes Sohn! O wie lacht
Lieb´ aus deinem göttlichen Mund,
Da schlägt uns die rettende Stund´.
Jesus in deiner Geburt!

3. Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Die der Welt Heil gebracht,
Aus des Himmels goldenen Höhn
Uns der Gnaden Fülle läßt seh´n
Jesum in Menschengestalt.

4. Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Wo sich heut alle Macht
Väterlicher Liebe ergoß
Und als Bruder huldvoll umschloß
Jesus die Völker der Welt.

5. Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Lange schon uns bedacht,
Als der Herr vom Grimme befreit,
In der Väter urgrauer Zeit
Aller Welt Schonung verhieß.

6. Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Hirten erst kundgemacht
Durch der Engel Hallelujah,
Tönt es laut von Ferne und Nah:
Jesus der Retter ist da!

Spanish.png Spanish translation

Noche de paz, noche de amor,
Paz entre los mas fuertes,
Fraternidad entre los mayores.
Amor para los mas pequenos.
Ternura para los mas débiles.
Jesus para todos.

Italian.png Italian translation

Astro del Ciel, Pargol Divin
Mite Agnello, Redentor
Tu che i vati da lungi sognar
Tu che angeliche voci annunziar
Luce dona alle genti, pace infondi nei cuor

Astro del Ciel, Pargol Divin
Mite Agnello, Redentor
Tu disceso a scontare l'error,
Tu sol nato a parlare d'amor
Luce dona alle genti, pace infondi nei cuor

English.png English translation

1. Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and Child.
Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

2. Silent night, holy night,
Shepherds quake at the sight;
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!

3. Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love’s pure light;
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

4. Silent night, holy night
Wondrous star, lend thy light;
With the angels let us sing,
Alleluia to our King;
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!

French.png French translation

Belle nuit, douce nuit,
une étoile nous conduit
à l'étable de l'Enfant
qui vient de naître maintenant
Sur l'humide paille
dans la nuit en plein vent.

Petit Enfant, tout souriant
nous t'apportons ces présents
prends ces bonbons, prends ces joujoux
ces belles images
souris et bénis nous.

Hymnal version

French.png French translation

Douce nuit, sainte nuit!
Dans les cieux ! L'astre luit.
Le mystère annoncé s'accomplit
Cet enfant sur la paille endormi,
C'est l'amour infini!

C'est vers nous qu'il accourt,
En un don sans retour
De ce monde ignorant de l'amour,
Où commence aujourd'hui son séjour,
Qu'il soit Roi pour toujours !

Douce nuit, sainte nuit,
Les bergers endormis
Au milieu des paisibles troupeaux
Entendirent chanter dans les cieux
L'alléluia des anges
Pour l'enfant nouveau-né.
 

Hungarian.png Hungarian translation

Csendes éj, szentséges éj!
Mindenek nyugta mély,
Nincs fenn más, csak a szent szülepár,
Drága kisdedük álmainál,
Szent Fiú, aludjál!

Csendes éj, szentséges éj!
Angyalok hangja kél;
Halld a mennyei halleluját,
Szerte zengi e drága szavát:
Krisztus megszabadít!

Csendes éj, szentséges éj!
Szív örülj, higgy, remélj!
Isten szent Fia hinti reád
Ajka vigaszadó mosolyát:
Krisztus megszületett!

Dutch.png Dutch translation

Stille nacht, heilige nacht,
alles slaapt, sluimert zacht.
Eenzaam waakt het hoogheilige paar,
Lieflijk kindje met goud in het haar,
sluimert in hemelse rust,
sluimert in hemelse rust.

Stille nacht, heilige nacht,
Zoon van God! Liefde lacht,
vriend'lijk om Uwe Godd'lijke mond,
nu ons slaat de heilige stond,
Jezus de Redder is daar,
Jezus de Redder is daar.

Stille nacht, heilige nacht,
herders zien 't eerst uw pracht.
Door de engelen alleluja,
galmt het luide van verre en na,
Jezus de Redder ligt daar,
Jezus de Redder ligt daar.

Danish.png Danish text

Glade jul, dejlige jul,
engle daler ned i skjul!
Hid de flyver med paradisgrønt,
hvor de ser, hvad for Gud er kønt,
lønlig iblandt os de går,
- lønlig iblandt os de går!

Julefryd, evige fryd,
hellig sang med himmelsk lyd!
Det er englene, hyrderne så,
dengang Herren i krybben lå,
evig er englenes sang,
- evig er englenes sang.

Fred på jord, fryd på jord,
Jesusbarnet blandt os bor!
Engle sjunger om barnet så smukt,
han har Himmerigs dør oplukt,
salig er englenes sang,
- salig er englenes sang.

Salig fred, himmelsk fred
toner julenat herned!
Engle bringer til store og små
bud om ham, som i krybben lå;
fryd dig, hver sjæl, han har frelst,
- fryd dig, hver sjæl, han har frelst!

Portuguese.png Portuguese text

Noite feliz! noite feliz!
Ó Senhor, deus de amor
Pobrezinho nasceu em Belém
Eis na lapa Jesus, nosso bem;
Dorme em paz, ó Jesus!

Noite feliz! noite feliz!
Ó Jesus, deus da luz
Quão afável é teu coração
Pois quiseste nascer nosso irmão
E a nós todos salvar!

Noite feliz! noite feliz!
Eis no ar vem cantar
Aos pastores, os anjos do céu
Anunciando a vinda de Deus
De Jesus Salvador!