the choir regent
On the wall of an old school in the Austrian town of Arndorf, and now there is a memorial plaque. The inscription tells that there are two people in these walls – the teacher Franz Grubber and the priest Joseph More in a single impulse wrote the beautiful hymn “Silent night, wonderful night …”, receiving inspiration from the Creator of the worlds. This immortal work will be 200 years old in 2018. And many will be interested in the history of its creation.
NIGHT LOCATING IN THE TEACHER’S APARTMENT In the poor apartment, the teachers of Grubber did not light the lamps, it was a hopeless night. Little Marichen – the only child of the young couple, went into eternity. Father, too, was hard at heart, but he tried to come to terms with the loss that befell them. But the inconsolable mother could not cope with this blow. She did not utter a word, did not cry, remaining indifferent to everything. Her husband consoled, exhorted, surrounding with care and tenderness, offered to eat or at least drink water. The woman did not react to anything and slowly faded away. Driven by a sense of duty, Franz Grubber came to the church that Christmas party for the kids that Christmas evening. With sadness, he peered into their happy faces and then returned to his gloomy apartment again. Continue reading