Silent Night

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Christmas had changed immensely over the centuries but when we talk about the way that this celebration is carried away nowadays, we definitely can´t ignore one of its important elements, the Carols. Without them, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas.

From angel-singing, bell-ringing ebullience to deep, spiritual contemplation, few things can match them in terms of creating an atmosphere.  Whether echoing through a vast cathedral, or sung by children in a nativity play, their power to move can be simply overwhelming.

One of the most known and popular carols is without a doubt “Silent Night” composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. It was declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011. The song has been recorded by a large number of singers from every music genre. The version sung by Bing Crosby is the third best-selling single of all-time.Who’s the best?

The melody was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, schoolmaster and organist in the nearby village of Arnsdorf. Before Christmas Eve, Mohr brought the words to Gruber and asked him to compose a melody and guitar accompaniment for the Christmas Eve mass. It is unknown what inspired Mohr to write the lyrics, or what prompted him to create a new carol.

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Vocabulary:

Carols: A religious folk song or popular hymn, particularly one associated with Christmas.
Overwhelming: Very great in amount, scale, or intensity.
Silent: Not making or accompanied by any sound.
Christmas Eve: December 24, the day or evening before Christmas Day.

Recommendations:

Try to sing the lyrics of this Crhistmas Carol along with your advisor and inquire on the meanings of some references that this carol includes

Questionnaire:

  • Which is your favorite Xmas Carol and why?

Welcome to this activity created by Junior Advisor Mr. Adrian Ibarra Guillén from Satelite Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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