Silent Night is a song that I have sung for most of my lifetime. In church choir we sang it and our family sang it at home. The Alexandria, Minnesota Echo Press has the story of Butch Dallmann of Alexandria who “grew up hearing stories about his great-great-great-grandfather, an Austrian organist and choir master named Franz Gruber.”
Dallmann visited the composer’s Austrian village of Oberndorf in 2002. What an experience that must have been! The full story by writer Jessica Sly is worth reading in the Echo Press.
Update: Be sure to read Doug Williams’ comment to my post. Doug knows music and genealogy.
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