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Gruber, Franz Xaver

Born: 1792 AD
Died: 1848 AD
Nationality: Austrian
Categories: Organist

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.