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Wooden Angels: Silent Night for Cello Ensemble

Looking up from the organ loft at St. Trinitatus church in the Thurginian town of Holzengel ("wooden angel"), home of Alwin Schroeder's paternal forebears, a musical score comes into view. Foregrounded diagonally within a music-themed quadrant of the church's painted wooden ceiling, the meticulously reproduced sheet music is readily identifiable as the soprano and alto parts of Gruber's Christmas carol "Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht." With my warmest wishes for love- and music-filled holidays, I hope you will enjoy this cello ensemble version of Silent Night, performed by the cellists of the Philharmonia Orchestra.

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