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Silent Night, a Singable Picture Book

Posted on: December 23, 2011

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Silent Night
Words by Joseph Mohr
Music by Franz Gruber
Illustrated by Susan Jeffers

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Silent Night
Words by Joseph Mohr
Music by Franz Gruber
Illustrated by Will Moses

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Silent Night
Words by Joseph Mohr
Music by Franz Gruber
Illustrated by R. Pagnoni
Published by Cartwheel Books/Scholastic
ISBN 978-0-545-00067-3

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An adaptation…

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Silent Night
Traditional Words and Tune by Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber
Words Adapted by Juliet Groom
Illustrated by Tim Warnes

This adaptation mentions “angels” but otherwise has no specific religious affiliation. Also, thanks to Tim Warnes sweet blue toned woodsy nighttime illustrations and Juliet Groom’s lyric adaptations, this book can be sung all year long…not just at Christmastime.  It makes a nice lullaby and would be a good ballad to sing in a set that is heavy on upbeat songs.

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You can sing this “Silent Night” adaptation with,

http://www.amazon.com/Silent-Night-Holy/dp/B000QL87M6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337365766&sr=8-1

This is an nice,simple piano arrangement of this song that plays for 4 verses, which works nicely with the Groom/Warnes “Silent Night” adaptation, which has 4 verses.

Many of the other books illustrate the 3 original verses of the song.  In that case, you could still use this piano instrumental, but just turn back to the front of the book and repeat the first verse.

For books with just 3 verses of the original song, I also like the “Silent Night” instrumental in:

http://www.amazon.com/Silent-Night-Instrumental/dp/B002G6H1DK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1337366088&s=dmusic&sr=1-3

This instrumental uses bluegrass instruments, has a perfect (not too slow) tempo and singable key.

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The lovely Christmas carol, “Silent Night” has a history as sweet as its tune.  In early 19th century German, a poem was written, an organ was broken and Christmas was approching so a friend asked a friend to set his poem to music for guitar.

Read the story (and see pictures and painting of the places and people), here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Night

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I love this version of Silent night, sung by John Denver and the Muppets, for it’s loveliness and Muppet sweetness from the TV special, but because Mr. Denver takes some time in the middle of the song to tell the history of the song and how it came to be:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGv1kK1uOl4

Here is a video of just the recording from the album,

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Here’s a great site with information about the song including great historical information and documentation, plus free downloadable sheet music and sing-along midi files:

http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/Notes_On_Carols/silent_night_holy_night_notes.htm

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SILENT NIGHT
Words by Joseph Mohr
Music by Franz Gruber

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin
Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace.
Silent night, holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia
Christ the Savior is born
Christ the Savior is born.
Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.

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A page for the Sing Books with Emily SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR

Silent Night: 
A sweet, beautiful song for Christmas…

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SBWE Advent Calendar Silent Night
Silent Night
Words by Joseph Mohr
Music by Franz Gruber
To view or print the SBWE Singable Advent Calendar sheet for “Silent Night,” click here:
SBWE Advent Calendar Silent Night

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