O Holy Night
|O Holy Night|
|by Adolphe Adam|
|Native name||Cantique de Noël|
"O Holy Night" (French: "Minuit Chretiens!" or "Cantique de Noël") is a well-known Christmas carol composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the French poem "Minuit, chrétiens" (Midnight, Christians) written by a wine merchant and poet, Placide Cappeau (1808–1877). In both the French original and the two familiar English versions of the carol, as well as many other languages, the text reflects on the birth of Jesus and on humanity's redemption.
In Roquemaure at the end of 1843, the church organ had recently been renovated. To celebrate the event, the parish priest asked Cappeau, a native of the town, to write a Christmas poem, even though the latter had never showed any interest in religion, and Cappeau obliged. Soon afterwards, Adam wrote the music. The song was premiered in Roquemaure in 1847 by the opera singer Emily Laurey. Unitarian minister John Sullivan Dwight, editor of Dwight's Journal of Music, created a singing edition based on Cappeau's French text in 1855.
|Placide Cappeau's Cantique de Noël||Literal English translation|
|John Sullivan Dwight's version||Unattributed version|
The song has been recorded by numerous well-known popular-music, classical-music, and religious-music singers. Some milestones include:
- 1968: Mahalia Jackson, on her album Christmas With Mahalia
- 1968: Mireille Mathieu, with her father Roger Mathieu, on her Chante Noël album (re-released as a CD in 2004 with three additional songs)
- 1992: Bill Pinkney, accompanied by The Original Drifters, for the Wisepack White Christmas Compilation CD
- 1993: David Foster arranged and produced the song successfully for several different artists including:
- 1999: Michael Crawford, on the TV special The David Foster Christmas Album; also featured on Foster's best-selling corresponding album (No. 48 Billboard Top 200) as well as Crawford's own A Christmas Album (No. 98 Billboard Top 200)
- 1999: Trans-Siberian Orchestra's platinum-selling DVD The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
- 2002: Josh Groban (No. 1 Billboard Adult Contemporary)
- 2004: Celine Dion, featured on her 5× platinum album These Are Special Times (voted most popular)
- 2009: Andrea Bocelli for his double platinum My Christmas album
- 1996: John Berry's version charted at No. 55 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs
- 1997: Martina McBride's rendering charted at No. 74 on Hot Country Songs chart (also No. 67 in 1998, No. 49 in 1999, No. 57 in 2000, and No. 41 in 2001)
- 2006: Josh Gracin's charted at No. 59 on Hot Country Songs chart
- Collins, Ace; , Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, Grand Rapids, MI, Zondervan, pp. 132–138.
- Nobbman, Dale V. 'Christmas Music Companion Fact Book.' 2000. p 36. Google Books
- "Mireille Mathieu – Mireille Mathieu Chante Noël (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
- "CD Album – Various Artistes – White Christmas, Volume 1 – Wisepack UK". 45worlds website. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
- http://www.musicarchivevault.com, (subscription required)
- "Billboard Singles Charts | Record Research MusicVault". Musicarchivevault.com. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
- "Top Annual Winter Holiday Tour To Kick Off November 6". Trans-siberian.com. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
- "That Josh Groban Guy". That Josh Groban Guy. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
- searchable RIAA database
- Edison Research 2004 seasonal song test poll results
- "Italian tenor's album sales top five million – Thaindian News". Thaindian.com. 2009-12-30. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
- Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 49. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
- Whitburn, p. 263
- Whitburn, p. 166
- IMSLP Original version in several keys, and various arrangements.
- Free sheet music for voice & piano from Cantorion.org
- Sheet music for "O Holy Night" (Cantique de Noël)
- Tabs for "O Holy Night"
- Sheet music for solo piano arrangement of "O Holy Night" (Cantique de Noël)
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