Once upon a time there was a poet who was friends with a composer. And just like with any close bond, their feelings for one another were deep. Out of this friendship, a song emerged, a poem and a melody which went together so well that they still stir our hearts today. This is the story of the Christmas carol „Silent night, holy night“.
A poetical picture book in rhyme about empathy, friendship and the magic of forgiveness. For the entire family.
Christmas eve in 2018 is the 200th anniversary of the first performance of the most famous Christmas carol „Silent Night, Holy Night“. Sandra Walkshofer discovered that her grandmother’s maiden name „Mohr“ is related to Joseph Mohr and that there is a strong possibility that she is related to the poet of the song Silent Night, Holy Night.
Fascinated by the discovery she created a touching story about the historical origins of the carol, beautifully illustrated by Iris Schmidt.
Additionally to the great text and beautiful poems the eBook takes advantage of the enhanced possibilities of the Fire Tablets and iPads. Texts and poems are also available as sound files and the whole family may listen to the story of the origins of Silent Night, Holy Night.
To get a feeling for the original version of the song a new recording featuring the original German text performed by Sonja and Heinz Mitterer is included as well.
For the English version of the book a completely new translation closely following the orginal German text of the song „Silent Night, Holy Night“ has been created by Helen Heaney.
Watch the documentary
The sound of music rings out in Salzburg! 200 years ago the song „Silent Night, Holy Night“ has been performed for the first time in Oberndorf (near Salzburg) by Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber. Sandra Walkshofer (related to Joseph Mohr) takes you on a journey through the beautiful scenery of Austria to discover the origins of the most famous Christmas carol on earth.
Here are the links to the documentary: