Choan Gálvez

Ukulele, upright bass - Barcelona

Silent Night… slightly dissonant

Published on December 24, 2018

For this Xmas season I committed to arranging some carols for solo ukulele. Silent Night (Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht) was an obvious candidate. Everything was going fine (you’ll find an nice & easy version at Ukecosas) until I discovered Alfred Schnittke’s version for violin and piano.

I started work on a new ukulele version, based on the dissonances proposed by Schnittke. The arrangement requires an unusual tuning: f C E Bb, that is, lowering a full step the fourth string while raising the first half step.

I consider the final result interesting, surprising… even beautiful.

In this video I’m playing an Ohana ‘Vita‘ soprano ukulele.

You’re invited to download the tab of this arrangement for free. Hope you enjoy it!