Heiligste Nacht (Johann Michael Haydn)

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  • (Posted 2018-01-31)  CPDL #48625:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-01-31).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #12163, with minor corrections.
  • (Posted 2014-12-22)  CPDL #33785:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: Brian Marble (submitted 2014-12-22).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 69 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2014-12-19)  CPDL #33763:     
Editor: Burkhart M. Schürmann (submitted 2014-12-19).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 79 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: arrangement for SATB and harp, harp accompaniment by Burkhart M. Schürmann
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  • (Posted 2006-07-31)  CPDL #12163:  IMSLP.png PDF, MIDI and NoteWorthy Composer files
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  • (Posted 2000-09-28)  CPDL #01422:         
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Edition notes: Wrongly attrib. to Franz Xaver Gruber. SATB and Keyboard accompaniment

General Information

Title: Heiligste Nacht
Composer: Johann Michael Haydn

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SATB, SAB or SA
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: German
Instruments: basso continuo or a cappella

First published:
Description: Composed in 1786. The original key is F.

External websites:

Original text and translations

German.png German text

Heiligste Nacht! Heiligste Nacht!
Finsternis weichet, es glänzet hienieden.
Harfen verbreiten den süssesten Klang.
Engel erscheinen, verkünden den Frieden,
lieblich ertönet ihr froher Gesang.
Christen, erwachet und kommet geschwind,
folget den Hirten, die eifriger sind,
eilet nach Bethlehem,
seht euer Diadem,
hier liegt das Kind.

Göttliches Kind! Göttliches Kind!
Nacht ist vergangen, nun strahlt uns ein Morgen.
Gott hat sich unser in Liebe erbarmt.
Wir sind in Gnade und Güte geborgen,
Gott hat die Welt, hat die Menschen umarmt.
Geht nun zur Krippe und sehet das Kind,
sehet die Hirten, wie freudvoll sie sind.
Jubelt und singt dem Herrn,
den Welt und Himmel ehrn.