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An improvisation on an old traditional Christmas Classic. I added the strings after creating the improvisation.
Here's what Wikipedia has to say about this classic carol:

"Silent Night" (German: Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht) is a popular Christmas carol. The original lyrics of the song Stille Nacht were written in German by the Austrian priest Father Josef Mohr and the melody was composed by the Austrian headmaster Franz Xaver Gruber. In 1859, John Freeman Young published the English translation that is most frequently sung today.[1] The version of the melody that is generally sung today differs slightly (particularly in the final strain) from Gruber's original. Today, the lyrics and melody are in the public domain.

The carol was first performed in the Nikolaus-Kirche (Church of St. Nicholas) in Oberndorf, Austria on December 24, 1818. Mohr had composed the words much earlier, in 1816, but on Christmas Eve brought them to Gruber and asked him to compose a melody and guitar accompaniment for the church service.[2]
In his written account regarding the composition of the carol, Gruber gives no mention of the specific inspiration for creating the song. According to the song's history provided by Austria's Silent Night Society, one supposition is that the church organ was no longer working so that Mohr and Gruber therefore created a song for accompaniment by guitar. Silent Night historian, Renate Ebeling-Winkler says that the first mention of a broken organ was in a book published in the U.S. in 1909.
Some[citation needed]believe that Mohr simply wanted a new Christmas carol that he could play on his guitar. The Silent Night Society says that there are "many romantic stories and legends" that add their own anecdotal details to the known facts.
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crissew said 3478 days ago (December 7th, 2009)
Very pretty
Love the pic you use for the Christmas songs. Love the playing on this. NIce addition of the strings. Enjoyed the added improv work to the song. THanks for posting!
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Feter said 3478 days ago (December 7th, 2009)
SIlent Night
lovely ...always wonderful to listen to this
peaceful music ...sphere is the feel with the
strings ...good job ..thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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LonePineMusic said 3467 days ago (December 18th, 2009)
Awesome Improv!
This is the kind of stuff I love doing; I just wish I had some way to record it! The strings really add fullness and beauty to the sound (not that your piano playing isn't full and beautiful enough!) Thanks for sharing it!
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UnderThePianoMan said 3466 days ago (December 19th, 2009)
I just wish I had some way to record it!
Thanks for your comments. My tools for recording this are surprisingly simple. I got over having to record with a "real" piano all the time and bought a Yamaha Clavinova CLP-270. Included on that instrument are a host of other intruments, including the strings I added to this recording. I actually hate the sound of them if you play them directly on the piano. However, if you record them into a mixing and editing program such as ProTools you can transform them with the addition of some reverb and very careful managment of volume level and usage of crescendos and diminuendos. That's how I did this.
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SmokeyVW said 3465 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
as calm as the night, and yet emotionally uplifting

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Jarvoid said 3442 days ago (January 12th, 2010)
I will download this ready for next Christmas
nice one

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