Polacca Guerriera for Violin & Piano
Ole Bull (1810-1880) was born in the Norwegian city of Bergen. He became a famous violin virtuoso and composer. As a boy he studied violin with his mother and local teachers, but was largely self-taught, although some scholars believe he may have some violin lessons from Heinrich Ernst, another violin virtuoso. Bull is thought to have composed at least 70 works, most of which are now lost. The most famous of those which have survived is Sæterjentens Søndag (generally translated in English as the Dairymaid’s or Shepherdess’ Sunday and his Polacca Guerriera, which gives a good indication of his technical prowess.