Silent Night

Silent Night Piano

Silent Night is a 19th century Austrian Christmas carol that is one of the most recorded and performed Christmas carols of all time. The lyrics, originally written in German were penned by Joseph Mohr whilst the timeless melody was composed by Franz Gruber. The Silent Night piano arrangements that I have written are simple, but challenging. I have also put together arrangements of Silent Night for flute, violin, clarinet and trumpet.

Silent Night Easy Piano Sheet Music

Silent Night Easy Piano Sheet Music

      Silent Night Easy Piano Version

This easy piano version of Silent Night is in the key of B flat major (2 flats – B flat and E flat).
This is a challenging key for a beginner piano player and so I have kept the left hand very simple.
The melody has some challenging leaps in it and so it is worth paying particular attention to the fingering I have suggested.
The time signature is 3/4 and so there are 3 crotchet (quarter note) beats in every bar.
The tempo marking is Adagio meaning Slowly – it is very important not to rush the tempo of Silent Night – the lyrics clearly suggest that the carol should be played calmly and serenely.

Intermediate Arrangement

Silent Night Intermediate Piano Sheet Music

      Silent Night Intermediate Piano

The intermediate arrangement focuses on using consecutive 3rds in the right hand part.
This is a great skill to develop in your piano playing as you will find that lots of pieces use consecutive 3rds and they sound great!
It may take a bit of practice at first, but once your fingers get used to the movement you will find that it is a really rewarding piano technique to learn.

Silent Night Clarinet and Trumpet Version

Here is an arrangement that can be used for either clarinet or trumpet in B flat:
Silent Night Clarinet and Trumpet Sheet Music page 1

Silent Night Clarinet and Trumpet Sheet Music page 2

      Silent Night Clarinet

Silent Night Flute and Violin Sheet Music

This version of Silent Night is for flute or violin:
Silent Night Flute Sheet Music page 1

Silent Night Flute Sheet Music page 2

      Silent Night Flute

Lyrics

Here are the full lyrics to Silent Night:

Verse 1
Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright,
Round yon virgin mother and child,
Holy infant so gentle and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Verse 2
Silent night, holy night,
Shepherds quake at the sight,
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing Al-le-lu-ia!
Christ the Saviour is born!
Christ the Saviour is born!

Verse 3
Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth