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Gustav Lange: 'Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht', Op. 232





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Published on Dec 8, 2008

Although Lange (1830-89) was born twelve years after Franz Gruber wrote his famous carol tune (in English: 'Silent Night, Holy Night'), his life and Gruber's overlapped by more than 30 years. His arrangement perhaps captures the spirit of the carol more than many of the schmalzy modern versions. As a piano solo, it is certainly more substantial (if less harmonically adventurous) than Reger's beautiful, but rather short 'Weihnachtstraum'. Lest anyone get the impression from the opus number of this piece that Lange was especially prolific, it is unlikely that Brahms or Beethoven (say) would have given a single opus number to a short standalone piece such as this! The individual numbering would undoubtedly have had some connection with the marketing strategies of his publishers.
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