Notes Jeff Todd Titon The following undated letter from the famous nineteenth-century Norwegian violin virtuoso, Ole Bull, to the American, Sara Thorp (later Sara Thorp Bull), was found among the papers of Sara Bull in Madison, Wisconsin. Internal evidence suggests that the letter was written early in the year 1869. Whether it ever was posted, or whether Bull delivered it in person, is not known. Jeff Todd Titon is Professor of Music and Director of the Ph.D. program in ethnomusicology, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island Journal of American Folklore 117(465):316324 Copyright © 2004 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois My dear sweet Sara, When I promised to write you about my Kentucky adventures on this latest American tour, I could not have foretold the singular encounter that took place on the night of 4 December 1868. Now that I have returned to civilization I wonder whether I dreamed it. I believe I fell in with native violinists even more rough-hewn than the hardanger fiddlers I know in Norway. But dear miss, I am ahead of myself. I was proceeding northwest along the Ohio River. As you know, I dislike steamboats because of the belching
Journal of American Folklore – American Folklore Society
Published: Jul 26, 2004
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