Silent Night - a musical play
The music performance surrounding the origins of the world famous Christmas Carol "Silent Night, Holy Night"
Composers: Ludwig Thomas, Marco Hertenstein · Libretto: Brigitte Weber · Musical Direction: Ralf Ludewig (Münchner Knabenchor)
Curate Joseph Mohr was sent to a post in Oberndorf near Salzburg. He had grown up in poverty and now dedicated himself to help the people there in their suffering and hunger and to give them back their faith in God and in themselves. The poverty-stricken villagers and Salzach skippers suffered enormously under the evil, power-mad pastor Nässler and the hunger in winter. Mohr first met with rejection and disfavor.
The young priest was deeply moved by the fate of the young orphan Vitus whose mother hat died in childbirth and whose father had died during a salt transport in the waters of the Salzach. The boy with the golden voice very quickly reached the heart of Mohr such that the curate, despite many conflicts, decided to create an unforgettable "holy night" for the people of this village.
Mohr was to find his only friend in the school teacher and music teacher Franz Xaver Gruber. Together they tried to give a little warmth to the young orphan, to build the school house that had been promised to the students for so long and to give the people strength and consolation. And then in this framework, he wrote the memorable text for "Holy Night" and asked Gruber to compose a melody for it. This unforgettable song was to give the people of Oberndorf the strength to carry on and live together in harmony.
The whole world knows this melody but very few people know how it came about.
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