Silent Night

Were it not for the mouse that gnawed a hole in a church organ, the Christmas carol "Silent Night" might never have been heard outside Austria.
It was 1818, a snowy Christmas Eve in Oberndorf, Austria.  An eager young parish priest, Father Joseph Morh, sat before the fire and scribbled three short stanzas of verse for his midnight mass.  He asked his organist, Franz Xavier Gruber, to put it to music.
Gruber hastily composed a melody, and that night, with the priest's guitar filling in for the broken organ, the pair harmonized the beautiful ballad for the congregation.
That might have been the end of "Silent Night", except for that mouse-hole in the organ bellows.  After the winter snows melted, a repairman arrived to fix the organ.  Gruber tested it with the tune he wrote for Father Morh.
Enchanted, the repairman asked for a copy.  He took it home to Tyrol and taught it to a family of well-known singers.  A royal court musician heard them sing it and later, he played it for King Frederick Wilhelm the Fourth of Saxony.  The king so loved it that he had the cathedral choir sing it every year.



I love \"silent night\"...thanks for the story behind it Mike!!

wow... cool story!!