How was Silent Night adopted on that Austrian Christmas?


Published in Daily Trivia

There is a story told of how Christmas was almost spoiled for the villagers in 1818. On Christmas Eve, the priest went into the church and found that the organ was not working. The leather bellows that are used to pump the air through the pipes were full of holes. Christmas without music would not do so the priest showed the organist Franz Bauer a new Christmas hymn he had written. Franz quickly composed a tune for it that could be played on a guitar. So Oberndorf had music after all.



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