Silent Night, Stille Nacht arranged by Kira Zeeman Rugen

Phoenix Chorale soprano Kira Zeeman Rugen

This weekend we’re excited to sing a new arrangement of Silent Night by one of our own, soprano Kira Zeeman Rugen. She talked about the new arrangement with our program notes writer, Dr. Kerry Ginger:

Composer, conductor, and Phoenix Chorale singer Kira Zeeman Rugen faced the challenge of arranging Franz Gruber’s “Stille Nacht” anew by looking to its lesser-known, original form. Of her setting, “Silent Night, Stille Nacht,” the composer writes: “The heart of the composition honors the original melody and harmony, and incorporates the accompanimental guitar as singers mimic the plucking with their voices. The song encircles each verse with a tonal conversation of plaintive chords, which are then answered by a haunting soprano melody. Each verse juxtaposes German and English text, and original musical elements against the newly composed chords and ethereal soprano melodies. The arrangement conveys a sense of longing and nostalgia, closing with the simplicity of ‘Silent Night’ in an angelic soprano duet.”

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