No one knows why Mohr wanted this music to be written, or even why he wrote his six-stanza poem in 1816. Many have speculated that the church’s organ was broken, but there are no records to support this. Perhaps Mohr wanted to play his guitar or even just desired to hear something new. One of the more delightful tales was that mice ate through the organ’s bellows, making the instrument unplayable.
HARK, HARK! WHAT NEWS Alternate Title: The Old Hark Version 1 Compare Version 2, Hark Hark What News The Angels Bring (Chope) Words: English Folk Carol, 17th or 18th Century. Tune: "The Old Hark," Leicestershire, England Folk Carol, 18th Century
Silent Night ~ GRUBER-AUTOGRAPH V Undated score by Franz Gruber, estimated to be from around 1860; with title: "Kirchenlied / auf die / heilige Christnacht" ("Hymn for the Holy Christmas Eve"); D-dur, 6/8 time; for soprano and alto voices with "quiet organ accompaniment;" 6 verses. Location: Salzburg Museum, Salzburg.