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Published on May 24, 2011
(English subtitles) In this segment from the five-part, classic,1982 Norwegian Broadcasting Company documentary about the life of 19th-century Norwegian violin virtuoso Ole Bull (1810--1880), Arve Tellefsen visits the historic landmark home of American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807--1882) in Cambridge, Massacusetts to perform Bull's wild music in front of Longfellow's famous fireside. He tries on for size Ole Bull's solid gold crown from San Francisco, and checks out the Leif Erikson statue on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, where he muses, "It looks like Ole Bull, himself, posed as model."
This video contains a stunning reading, in Norwegian, of the Longfellow poem about Ole Bull in 'Prelude from Tales of a Wayside Inn' by the recently deceased Norwegian actor Knut Risan (1930--2011).
The posting of this video segment helps advertise our March 2-3-4, 2012, Longfellow Choral Festival in Portland, Maine: "Ole Bull, Longfellow & Elgar: Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf."