||Silent Night was written on Christmas Eve in 1818 in Oberndorf, Austria.
One common story of this carol was that the organ at St. Nicholas Church was broken. Others claim that there is no evidence for this and that Joseph Mohr, the assistant pastor of the church, requested the instrumentation simply because he loved guitar music. In any event, Mohr had written a poem "Stille Nacht" in 1816. On December 24, 1818 he gave the poem to his friend the church organist, Franz Gruber. Gruber immediately composed the melody and arranged it for two voices, choir, and guitar. It was finished in
time to be performed that night at the Midnight Mass. By 1955, Silent Night
had become the most recorded song of all time.