Piano Music for “Silent Night”

Printable Sheet Music for ‘Silent Night/Stille Nacht’

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History of “Silent Night / Stille Nacht” | Lyrics & Chords

  • First Published: 1818; Oberndorf, Austria
  • Key: Originally published in D major

 

The music for the Christmas carol “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht” was originally written for guitar in 1818 by church organist and composer Franz Xaver Gruber at the request of Joseph Mohr, the new priest in Oberndorf. Mohr wished to set to music three stanzas of lyrics illustrating the ambiance of Christmas Eve he had written two years prior, so that it could be performed for the first time at Midnight Mass.



In 1859, American John Freeman Young published an English translation of the carol’s first three stanzas.

 


Learn “Silent Night” on Piano

This tranquil D major arrangement is set in 3/4 time, and includes a vocal score with English and German lyrics.

Choose from the following printer-friendly formats:

 

More Silent Night Resources:

  • SilentNight.web.za
    An amazing resource. Find popular & traditional lyrics as well as lesser-known variants of the carol in every major language, countless dialects, and even a few constructed tongues. A linguaphile’s dream!
  • German.about.com
    Lyrics in English and standard, modern German, with a side-by-side translation of the original German text.

 

More Holiday Sheet Music for Piano:

 

▪ What Child Is This?
Set to the tune of the traditional English Greensleeves. This f# minor arrangement travels the octaves and experiments with texture, so it works best as a solo piano piece:

 

▪ Silent Night / Stille Nacht
A tranquil D Major arrangement of the beloved Austrian classic. Sheet music includes English and German lyrics, and is suitable for any playing-level:

     

    ▪ Adeste Fideles / O Come, All Ye Faithful
    Another worldwide favorite, this chord-based version in G Major is simple and to-the-point. Lyrics are available in Latin, English, French, Spanish, and German:

     

    ▪ Away In A Manger
    Learn a calm, yet bright arrangement of the carol's Mueller variation, set in the key of D Major. Perfect for the intermediate pianist, or the beginner who is comfortable with rhythm in the bass:

     

    ▪ The First Noel
    Practice a simple, peaceful holiday melody with sheet music written for beginners, or learn an intermediate version decorated with chords and harmonies. Both levels of this carol are written in D major:

     

    ▪ What Child Is This?
    Set to the tune of the traditional English Greensleeves. This f# minor arrangement travels the octaves and experiments with texture, so it works best as a solo piano piece:

     

    ▪ O Tannenbaum
    A traditional German tune, known in English-speaking countries as "Oh, Christmas Tree," that is an ode to the wintery, holiday symbol: the evergreen tree.

    Sheet music is suitable for beginners, and is written in the key of F major:

     

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