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Joseph Mohr

Joseph Mohr was born in Salzburg on December 11, 1792. His mother, Anne Schoiber, was born in Hallein and his father, Franz Mohr, was born in Mariapfarr im Lungau. After attending grammar school in Salzburg, which was funded by one of his benefactors, vicar Hirnle, he studied Theology.

On August 21, 1815 he was first ordained in the cathedral of Salzburg. His first assignment as a priest (coadjutor) was in Mariapfarr from 1815 to 1817. In 1816 he composed the lyrics to "Silent Night".

After his time in Mariapfarr he moved to Oberndorf where his Christmas carol was performed fort he fist time. The music was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber. From 1819 on, Joseph Mohr served in numerous different parishes, as was the custom in those days. He spent a longer period of time in Hintersee, which he left for Wagrain in 1837. On December 4, 1848 Joseph Mohr died in Wagrain without even guessing the huge success of his carol...