Articles by Lawrence Brazier

The Loveliest Lullaby

Editor’s Note: The Silent Night Chapel is located in the town of Oberndorf in the Austrian province of Salzburg, Austria. It is built on the site of the former St Nicholas’s Church. In December 24, 1818 the Christmas carol, Silent Night (Stille Nacht), was performed for the first time by librettist, Joseph Mohr, and music composed by Franz Xaver Gruber. + + + Consider the catastrophe. A performance is expected, everything is set, anticipation runs high and then your organ breaks down on Christmas Eve. A mouse nibbling at the bellows was suspected. One might consider some hopeful tinkering, but…