Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Gruber, Franz Xaver
(1787-1863), Austrian composer, son of a weaver, became a village school-master and church musician, Kantor and organist at St. Nicholas' Church, Oberdorf. On Christmas Eve, 1818, he composed the Christmas hymn 'Stille Nacht'(Silent Night), which soon became a world wide Christmas song. He also composed some church music. The portraits on the stamps are Gruber and Lyricist of 'Silent Night'.