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Nocturne

Medium Easy/Medium

By Ole Bull

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Orchestra String Orchestra - 3
Medium Easy/Medium. Composed by Ole Bull (1810-1880). Arranged by Doris Gazda. Carl Fischer Concert String Orchestra Series. Score and Parts. With Standard notation. Carl Fischer Music #CAS28. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.CAS28).

Item Number: CF.CAS28

ISBN 9780825860935. 8.5 x 11 inches. Key: D major.

For the advanced ensemble, Doris Gazda has expertly arranged this glorious ballad by Norwegian composer that was a contemporary of Edvard Grieg. It is an exceptional composition and will take a mature ensemble, but it will be well worth the effort.
Ole Bull (pronounced O-ley), born in Bergen, Norway, taught himself to play the violin with just a little help from several teachers. He progressed so rapidly that at the age of nine, he was allowed to play in the Bergen Music Society's Orchestra. His father sent him to the University of Christiania to study theology, but he got involved in music, drama, and politics. Following some political agitation, he left Norway quite suddenly and went to Casel, Germany to play for the great violinist and composer, Louis Spohr. Soon after, he got invovled in a duel, and due to his good fortune, he returned alive to Norway. In 1831 he traveled to Paris where he heard the great Italian violinist, Niccolo Paganini, whose playing made an immense impression on him. He studied and practiced seriously and appeared in recitals with Chopin and Ernst, two of the great performers of the day. From that point on, he developed a remarkable concert career playing all over Europe and North America. In 1840 he performed Beethoven's "Kreutzer" Sonata with Franz Liszt and in 1843 made his first trip to the United States. He was immensely popular in the United States and amassed a fortune from his many performances. Falling in love with the United States, he wanted to establish a Norwegian colony in the States and bought a large track of land (125,000 acres) in central Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, the property had been sold to him by swindlers, and it became the object of a lawsuit, in which he lost a large part of his fortune. A large part of that property now makes up the park in Pennsylvania known as Ole Bull State Park. Ole Bull was a big man and able to use an extra long bow. He also played with a somewhat flattened bridge that enabled him to play chords very easily. He loved to play Norwegian Folk Music as well as many of his own lovely compositions. Only three of his compositions were published, Nocturne for violin and piano being one of those. It may have been published previously in Norway but was finally published after his death by Carl Fischer in New York City in 1913.

About Carl Fischer Concert String Orchestra Series

This series of pieces (Grade 3 and higher) is designed for advancing ensembles. The pieces in this series are characterized by:

  • Expanded use of rhythms, ranges and keys but technical demands are still carefully considered
  • More comprehensive bowing techniques
  • Viola T.C. included
  • Careful selection of keys and degree of difficulty for advancing musicians

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