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Silent Night for Piano Solo

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By Franz Xaver Gruber

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Piano Solo - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Franz Xaver Gruber. Arranged by Deborah Park. Contemporary Classical, Modern, Christian, World, Christmas. Piano Reduction. 4 pages. Published by Deborah Park (S0.273493).

Item Number: S0.273493

“Silent Night" is most known and sung Christmas carol by Franz Gruber. It was originally written for two solo voices and choir, with guitar accompaniment. I arranged it in a Romantic and Impressionistic style of a piano solo music for an Intermediate level.
The beginning starts with a bell-like sound effect of a motive where the performer plucks the strings of a Grand piano with the sustain pedal. Then the staccato eight-notes pattern right-hand plays the melody while the left-hand plays the countermelody. After this staccato passage, legato eight-notes right-hand shares the melody with the dotted eighth and sixteenth notes left-hand. It builds up with the change of rhythm- the sixteenth four notes form- on the right hand in mm.18 and finally arrives at the climax on the 12/8 time in mm.20.
The second part modulates to the key of G Major using arpeggiated dotted eighth notes on both hands. The melody is played in octaves and the music becomes more expressive and emotional. In mm. 31, both hands share the melody by crossing the hands where the left-hand sounds like an eco. In mm. 36 - 37, build up to A9 th chord on the fermata and hold it until the emotional moment is moved to a dreamy old memory ending of this arrangement.

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