Bull, Ole, 1810-1880

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1810-02-05
Death 1880-08-17
Norwegians
Norwegian, English

Biographical notes:

Ole Bull was born in Bergen, Norway on February 5, 1810. From an early age he showed a rare talent for the violin, and he made his solo debut in 1819. He took lessons from students of Viotti and Baillot, and also learned much from traditional Norwegian fiddlers, an influence that contributed to his unique style. Bull was interested in the design and construction of violins and bows, and by using a flatter bridge and a rounded bow, he was able to produce unusual polyphonic effects. He made many European concert tours, and he also spent a considerable amount of time in the United States, as a violinist, impresario, and promoter of an ill-fated Norwegian colony in Pennsylvania. Bull was known for his virtuosic and idiosyncratic performances, his personal charisma, and his Norwegian nationalism. (Norway was under Swedish control from 1814 to 1905.) Ole Bull died in Lysøen, Norway on August 17, 1880.

From the guide to the The Ole Bull Papers, 1834-1906, (Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University)

Norwegian violinist and composer.

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Dessau, 29 May 1865, to [Theodor] Schneider, 1865 May 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270673883

From the description of Ole Bull papers, 1834-1906 (inclusive). (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 702194385

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : New York, 14 February 1869, to an unidentified recipient, 1869 Feb. 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270673887

From the description of Ole Bull papers, 1834-1906 (inclusive) [microform]. (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 82498131

From the description of "Capriccio a Violino solo" : autograph manuscript, 1859 Feb. 17. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270941805

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Subjects:

  • Music--19th century
  • Violin and piano music--Scores
  • Violinists
  • Violinists--Norway
  • Concerts
  • Music--South Carolina--Charleston--19th century
  • Violin with orchestra--Scores
  • Musicians--Correspondence, reminiscences, etc
  • Muscians
  • Violin music

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  • South Carolina--Charleston (as recorded)
  • South Carolina--Charleston (as recorded)
  • Norway (as recorded)
  • Norway (as recorded)