Franz Xaver Gruber

Franz Xaver Gruber

  • Born
    25th November 1787
  • Died
    7th June 1863
  • Birthplace
    Hochburg, Austria
Franz Xaver Gruber was an Austrian primary school teacher and church organist in the village of Arnsdorf. At the same time he was organist and choirmaster at St Nicholas Church in the neighboring village of Oberndorf bei Salzburg and then in later years moved on to Hallein, Salzburg. Together with Josef Mohr (original German lyrics), a Catholic priest, Gruber composed the Christmas carol Silent Night.

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