Silent Night (Stille Nacht) (Stille Nacht). By Franz Xaver Gruber. Clarinet Choir. For Clarinet Sextet (3 Bb, Eb Alto (opt. Bb Clarinet), and 2 Bb Bass Clarinets). Sacred, Christmas. Score and parts. Published by Advance Music (AV.8604).
A beautiful series of harmonic variations on this Christmas favorite by Franz Gruber is developed with modulations through several different keys, featuring the individual instruments in both solo and ensemble roles. The music is not technically difficult, and the chromatic harmonies provide an opportunity to work on the expressive aspects of this evocative and lyrical piece.