Gruber, Franz Xaver
Born: Nov 25, 1792 AD
Died: 1848 AD, at 55 years of age.
1787 - Born on November 25th in the Upper Austrian Innviertel. The composer of the carol, Silent Night, Holy Night.
- Gruber felt attracted to music and he took violin and organ lessons. One of Gruber’s promoters was Andreas Peterlechner, a teacher in Oberndorf, who helped him to become headmaster and organist.
1816 - He served as the organist in the church of St. Nikola in Oberndorf.
1817-1819 - Mohr’s and Gruber’s paths crossed which led to the origin of the Christmas carol "Silent Night, Holy Night".
- On Christmas Eve he composed his one published work, the music for the poem Silent Night by the local curate, Josef Mohr.
1829 - Gruber left Arnsdorf and Oberndorf for Berndorf and later for Hallein. There he worked as a choir leader.
1863 - Died on June 7th.
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