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Stille Nacht


Stille Nacht (Silent Night)

An extended range middle C to F8, descending vii triad (Dm), descending inverted tonic triad.





Stille Nacht (Silent night)

  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: Austria – 1818, music: Franz Gruber, words: Josef Mohr
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 6/8
  • Form: staves: ABCCDE – phrases: ABC
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti/ ri ti ta/ | syncopation,
    | ta ti ta/ | syncopation, | ta/ ti ti/ ri ti | syncopation, | ta/ ta/ | ti/ ri ti ti/ ri ti | ta/a/ |
  • Pitches: advanced: do re mi fa so la ti do re mi fa – extended range
  • Intervals: advanced: m3: so\mi/so, re8\ti, la/do, re8/fa8\re8, fa\re; M3: do8/mi8; P4: do\so, mi/la; 
 P5: do\so\mi; ascending minor 7th mi/re, descending inverted tonic triad; fa8\re8\ti descending triad (vii, Dm)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, dotted quarter, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; repeated syncopated melodic rhythm patterns, descending arpeggio (vii, Dm), ascending minor seventh (mi/re), vocal slurs, syncopation in 6/8, feeling duple meter (2 dotted quarter notes) in 6/8
  • Key Words: world geography, Austria; language: German, Latin; Christmas Carol, Christmas Hymn, Bible story, birth of Jesus; sacred, virgin, infant, tender, heavenly, peace, shepherds, quake, sight, bright, calm, glories, stream, a-far, Heavenly hosts, Alleluia (Latin), Christ, Savior, God, radiant beams, holy, dawn, redeeming, grace, Lord; possessive: love’s; abbreviation: Heav’n (Heaven)

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