Tonight, on MPR, the host interviewed Phillip Brunelle from VocalEssence about the origins of the song Silent Night. Brunell said most of us know it was written for the Christmas services at a little Bavarian church whose organ wasn't working cuz mice had chewed the bellows. So, it was first performed by the choir accompanied by a guitar, and that it was written as a "landler" or walz. (Ha! I've begged my sisters, for years, to sing it faster, but Nooooo. I love being right!)
Here's where I first heard of a landler--it's the music we used for the reunion video, called STILLWATER LANDLER . The clip starts in an interview with Erwin Suess of the Hoolerie Dutchmen. Notice the tempo? Now, think "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht...."
Later: LOL, two sisters called and sang Stille Nacht with me in the RIGHT tempo!