Tausend Sterne sind ein Dom

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"Tausend Sterne sind ein Dom"[1] (Thousand stars form a cathedral) is a German Christmas song.


The song was originally the sixth movement in a Christmas cantata of the same name for choir and instruments by German composer Siegfried Köhler. It was written after the end of World War II under the impression of the year 1946, in the aftermath of World War II. In this year, Köhler had been released from war captivity due to suffering from tuberculosis. His composition of three stanzas with emotive lyrics grew into one of the best-known Christmas songs of the German Democratic Republic.[2]


  1. ^ Köhler, Siegfried: "Tausend Sterne sind ein Dom". In: Bernd Pachnicke (ed.): All mein Gedanken. Deutsche Volkslieder. (Singstimme/Gitarre). Edition Peters, Leipzig 1980, p. 420.
  2. ^ Dieter Härtwig: Köhler, Siegfried. In: Sächsische Biografie. Published by the Institute of Saxon History and Cultural Anthropology (ISGV) in Dresden.

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