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Episode 3

Donald Macleod investigates Ole Bull's failed ambition to establish his own Norwegian colony in America, as well as unfortunate incidents on his tours of the country.

One ambition eclipsed even Bull's pretensions to be the world's greatest violin virtuoso: a burning desire to set up his own Norwegian colony in the US. Donald Macleod charts the precipitous rise and fall of the scheme with the help of Bull's biographer Harald Herresthal, and follows the composer as his American tours see him caught up in a fire aboard a steamer and brawling with locals over a glass of whisky.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Nordraak orch Halvorsen

    National Anthem (excerpt)

    Performer: Oslo Philharmonic Chorus, Stefan Skold (conductor)

    • EMI 1375532.
    • 17.
  • Ole Bull

    I ensomme Stunde

    Performer: Annar Follesø (violin), Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Ole Kristian Ruud (conductor)

    • 2L 067-SABD.
    • 8.
  • Ole Bull

    Sigrid's Sang from 'Fjeldstuen' (1850)

    Performer: Arve Tellefsen (violin), Håvard Gimse (piano)

    • SIMAX PSC 1261.
    • 12.
  • Ole Bull

    March from "In memory of Washington" (1845)

    Performer: Kristiansand Blaseensemble, Bjron Sagstad (conductor)

    • SL31SACD.
    • 12.
  • Thomas Tellefsen

    Thomas Tellefsen - Mazurkas Op.3 no.3 and Op. 1 no.4

    Performer: Einar Henning Smebye (piano)

  • Thomas Tellefsen

    Trio for piano, violin and cello Op.31

    Performer: Einar Steen-Nøkleberg (piano), Atle Sponberg (violin), Øystein Birkeland (cello)

    • SIMAX PSC1226.
    • 8 to 11.

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