Night of Silence

About Daniel Kantor

Although Daniel Kantor has composed and published a number of ritual pieces, “Night of Silence” is by far his most popular. Since its publication by GIA, this choral work has made its way into hymnals, concert settings and recordings all over the world.

For those unfamiliar with “Night of Silence”, it is a piece embedded with a delightful surprise: it can be sung simultaneously with “Silent Night.” The effect of the two melodies coming together can, in the words of the publisher, “make a group of average singers sound like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.”

“Night of Silence” is placed squarely in the season of Advent, a time of spiritual emptying, darkness, longing and anticipation. The text of the song was inspired in part by the northwoods of Wisconsin and the sparkle of freshly fallen snow in the moonlight of a sub-zero winter’s night.

Printed editions and recordings

There are many printed arrangements and recordings available from GIA Publications. The following listings may help you find the setting that best suits your needs: