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Exhibition | Silent Night Turns 200

Posted in anniversaries, exhibitions by Editor on December 24, 2018

From the Salzburg Museum, in celebration of the song’s 200th anniversary (with nine exhibition sites in all) . . .

Silent Night 200: The Story, the Message, the Present
Stille Nacht 200: Geschichte, Botschaft, Gegenwart
Salzburg Museum, 29 September 2018 — 3 February 2019

Curated by Peter Husty and Birgit Gampmayer

Two hundred years ago, Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber met in Oberndorf. Mohr was born in Salzburg in 1792 and ordained a priest here. In 1815, he was appointed as a curate in Mariapfarr. Here, in 1816, he wrote the poem “Silent Night.” 1816 was a hard year for Salzburg. Salzburg had lost its independence. The year without summer brought crises and famine. The words of the carol were created under this impression; they express a longing for redemption and peace. In 1817, Mohr was moved to Oberndorf on the river Salzach. Gruber was born in 1787 in Hochburg in the Innviertel, Upper Austria; he was a teacher in Arnsdorf close by and played the organ in the Oberndorf church. For a short time, the careers of the two men crossed in Oberndorf. Here, Gruber composed the music to the poem on 24 December 1818 for Christmas Eve in the church of St Nicholas. Mohr and Gruber performed the carol themselves. Today it is sung throughout the world at Christmas. It has been translated into countless languages.

Curators: Mag. Peter Husty und Mag. Birgit Gampmayer, BA

Idea: Hon.-Prof.Mag. Dr. Martin Hochleitner

Research concept: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Hochradner ( Universität Mozarteum Salzburg)

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