Friday, January 3, 2014

Gruber, Franz Xaver

Franz Xaver Gruber(1787-1863), Austrian composer, son of a weaver, became village school master and church musician, Kantor and organist at St. Nicholas' Church, Oberdorf. On Christmas Eve, 1818, he composed Christmas hymn "Stille Nacht(Silent Night)" which soon became a world wide Christmas song. He also composed some church music.

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