200 years of silence night
A Christmas song becomes a hit
"SILENT NIGHT! HOLY NIGHT! "Is the most sung Christmas song in the world and celebrates its 200th anniversary this year.
Translated into countless languages, it gives hope and comfort to millions of people. Poems and
The song was composed in 1818 by Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber in Salzburg, but there were singers from Tyrol, who carried it out into the world. Even then, not only the right melody, but also the ideal interpreters were necessary for a "world hit". Who wants to know, like "Silent Night! Holy Night! "Became world famous, discovering a story full of courage, talent and happy coincidences.
How does a song become a hi?
In the 19th century, it was not uncommon for Tyrolean farmers to travel in the winter as traveling merchants. To stand out from the competition, the Zillertal glove dealer Lorenz Strasser relied on his musical children. With their beautiful voices in 1831 they thrilled the clientele at the Leipzig Christmas market. The repertoire included a hitherto unknown Christmas song in Germany. The organ builder Carl Mauracher from Fügen had "Silent Night! Holy Night! "From a trip from neighboring Salzburg to Zillertal. Performed by the Strasser family, the song became a hit and it was followed by performances in half of Europe. A few years later, the 18-year-old Ludwig Rainer set off to conquer America with his vocal quartet. He came from a famous singer family from Fügen. On Christmas Eve 1839, the Rainer group finally gave a concert in New York and "Silent Night! Holy Night! "Sounded for the first time in the New World. The response was overwhelming, as there were many German-speaking immigrants in the US back then. Thus, the Austrian song has spread and eventually became the most famous Christmas carol in the world.
From exhibitions to workshops and music theater to the "Living Advent Calendar": On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of "Silent Night! Holy Night! "There is a varied cultural program in Tyrol. Current information about the events can be found at www.kultur.tirol