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Oh Holy Night

About the Song

Music by Adolphe-Charles Adam
Text by Placide Cappeau; translation by John S. Dwight
Arranged by Sally DeFord

This arrangement is designed for choir, soloist and congregation, with piano, organ, and an instrumental obbligato. Ease of performance was the number one priority, so the vocal parts are very standard, with the verses sung unison or solo, and the chorus sung in the traditional SATB harmony.

Obbligatos are provided for C instrument (either treble or bass clef).  A vocal score for either verse three or all verses is provided (two sides of a half-sheet) for the congregation.

The solo version is in C major instead of Bb. The accompaniments are identical and interchangeable, so the SATB may be sung in C or the solo in Bb if you like.

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Lyrics

Oh, holy night
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
‘Til he appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope
The weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn

Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine; Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night
Oh night divine

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming
There came the wise men from Orient land
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger
In all our trials born to be our friend

He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger
Behold your King
Before Him lowly bend
Behold your King
Before Him lowly bend

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise His holy name

Christ is the Lord
Oh praise His name forever
His power and glory ever more proclaim.
His power and glory ever more proclaim.

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12 Comments

  1. Don Gray

    Hello Sally. This is my 3rd year to sing this as a solo. I am a Bass/Baritone and love the key. The Forte at the end is so profound. This is my favorite version of this piece in all the years I’ve been singing this.
    Merry Christmas. Don Gray

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    • sallydeford

      Awww… thanks, Don! Merry Christmas to you too!

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  2. Kyle Reeder

    So the Solo in the key of C major will work with a flute accompaniment playing in the key of b flat? am I reading that right?

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  3. Cheri Wickam

    Thank you SO MUCH, Sally DeFord for sharing your talents and music so generously! Bless you! Merry Christmas.

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  4. Sara Bastings

    Do you have the B flat version available? I would like to sing this but cannot hit a G comfortably. Thank you so much!

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    • Cheri Wickam

      Did you get an answer from Sally re the B-flat arrangement? That’s exactly what I need. – Cheri Wickam

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      • sallydeford

        For both of you: The choir version is in Bb. The accompaniments are identical and interchangeable.

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  5. Linda Hoover

    Just found your site via CPDL–Thanks for the beautiful music! Some UU’s in Vermont are going to be enjoying O Holy NIght very much in the next week or so.
    The best of the holidays to you and yours!

    Linda in Vermont

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  6. Shelley Havenar Perry

    Thank you Sister DeFord! I have always appreciated your talents! I now live in East Texas and am sharing your talents here. We will use this piece at our Ward Christmas Party this year.

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  7. Douglas Illu

    The best Spanish translation from Oh Holy Night is the one used here from George P. Simmonds, there are many other Spanish translations however I considered this is the most poetic and accurate that keeps the feeling from the original author about the wonderful Jesus’ birth, life, love and teachings. I am glad it was used it to adapt it to your arrangements, which it complements it beautifully. Awesome!!!

    The mejor traducción al español de Oh holy Night es que se utiliza aca de George P. Simmonds, existen muchas traducciones al español, sin embargo considere que esta es la mas poetica y exacta que mantiene el sentimiento del autor original acerca del maravilloso nacimiento, vida, amor y enseñanzas de Jesus. Me agrada que se haya utilizado para adaptarlo a sus arreglos, lo cual se complementa estupendamente. Excelente!!!.

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  8. Enoch Daniel

    I have looked everywhere for an arrangement of O holy night that is suitable for congregation and was not able to find one.

    This is to express my deep gratitude for this arrangement that is well written and well suited for the congregation.

    Enoch

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  9. Olka

    Everybody liked this arrangement! Very nice! We are going to perform this song for the church Christmas concert. I am sure the audience will appreciate it too. Thank you so much!

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