Wednesday 24 December 2014

Joseph Mohr (Austrian Roman Catholic priest and writer)

* Joseph Mohr wrote the words to the Christmas carol "Silent Night" [German: "Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht"]. He had Mercury unaspected in Capricorn in the 10th House. The song was first performed by a choir with Mohr on guitar because the local church organ wasn't working. An 1820 manuscript of the song surfaced publicly in 1995, having been held in a private collection for 175 years. Written by Mohr, it states that he wrote the words in 1816. They were put to music in 1818. The U.S. copyright office has registered 733 versions of the song, recognized as the best known and most popular of carols. Unaspected planets can work in weird and wonderful ways.

BIRTH DATA: 11 December 1792, 12:00 (12 noon) LMT (-0:52:08), Salzburg, Austria (47n48, 13e02). ASC: 11 Pisces. RR: AA (from quoted birth record). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from "Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!: die Erfolgsgeschichte eines Weihnachtsliedes" by Wolfgang Herbst (Atlantis-Musikbuch-Verlag, 2002), p. 22: "Joseph Mohr wurde am 11. Dezember 1792 mittags 12 Uhr in Salzburg geboren und wenige Stunden später im Dom getauft. Sein Name steht beim Erzbischöflichen Konsistorial- archiv Salzburg im selben Taufbuch, in dem sich auch der Name Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus [lat. Amadeus] Mozart befindet. Allerdings ist das Kind Josephus Franciscas der Eltern Franz Moor und Anna Schoiberin im Anhang bei den unehelichen Kindern aufgeführt. Im Taufbuch IX/2 (1756-1814) der Salzburger Dompfarre kann man als letzte Eintragung für das Jahr 1792 folgenden mit lateinischen Abkürzungen versehenen Vermerk finden . . . Dezember 12 Uhr mittags geboren und 4 Uhr nachmittags getauft worden ist Joseph Franz, natürliches Kind [Filius Naturalis] Franz Moor, Musketier und Anna Schoiber, beide ledigen..."

Translation: Joseph Mohr was born on 11 December 1792 at 12 o'clock noon in Salzburg, and baptized in the cathedral a few hours later. His name is recorded in the Archbishop's Konsistorial- archive in Salzburg in the same parish register which records the name Joannes Chrysostom Wolfgangus Theophilus [lat. Amadeus] Mozart. However, the child Josephus Francisca's parents Franz Moor and Anna Schoiberin are listed in the Annex for illegitimate children. In the baptismal register IX / 2 (1756-1814) of the Salzburg Cathedral Parish [it] can be found as the last entry for the year 1792: ... On December 12 was born at noon and baptized at 4 clock in the afternoon: Franz Joseph, natural child [Filius Naturalis] of Franz Moor, Musketeer and Anna Schoiber, both unmarried...

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