Lesson Plan


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Lesson notes

In this lesson we’ll be learning another Christmas song, “Silent Night,” composed in 1818 by Austrian organist Franz Xavier Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr, a priest. Mohr commissioned Gruber to write a melody and guitar accompaniment for the Christmas Eve mass in Oberndof, Austria. Originally an uptempo dance in 6/8, the tune is now most often performed as a slow, 3/4 lullaby. The tune proved so popular that in 2011 UNESCO declared it an intangible cultural heritage. In this lesson, we’re going to learn two different 1­chorus arrangements in Bb, one easier and one slightly more advanced. Both arrangements feature melody in the right hand and an arpeggiated accompaniment in the left hand