BULL/Svendsen/Johnstone – Solitude on the Mountain – for octet of lower strings [6 Violoncellos and 2 Double Basses OR for 2 Violas, 4 Cellos and 2 Double Basses]


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BULL/Svendsen/Johnstone – Solitude on the Mountain – for octet of lower strings

[Solitude sur la Montagne – Sehnsucht der Sennerin]

Melody of Ole BULL
Harmonized by Johan S. SVENDSEN 
Prepared for octet of lower strings by David Johnstone

Performances possible with:
6 Violoncellos and 2 Double Basses
2 Violas, 4 Cellos and 2 Double Basses


PDF 1 – General Score

PDF 2 – Parts for Cellos 1 and 2, and for Violas 1 and 2

PDF 3 – Parts for Cellos 3 to 6

PDF 4 – Parts for Double Basses 1 and 2


EXAMPLE from score:




Solitude on the Mountain – performed by ‘HbilsbakCello’ (on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hbilsbakCello ), a professional cellist living in Tromsø in the north of Norway.


Information on OLE BULL

Born: February 5, 1810 Bergen Norway

Died: August 17, 1880 (aged 70) Norway

Movement / Style: nationalistic music Norway


Ole Bull, in full Ole Bornemann Bull, (born Feb. 5, 1810, Bergen, Nor.—died Aug. 17, 1880, Lysøen, near Bergen), Norwegian violinist, composer, and nationalist known for his unique performance method and for starting a short-lived utopian community called New Norway, or Oleana.


Bull began playing the violin at age five, influenced by French-trained violinists of the Bergen Harmonic Society as well as by Norwegian peasant fiddlers. His debut as a soloist came in 1819, and by 1828 he was made conductor of the Musical Lyceum. He traveled through Europe and the United States for the rest of his life, concertizing, composing, and establishing his virtuosic reputation among such notables as Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann, and Felix Mendelssohn. Using a violin modeled after Norwegian folk fiddles, but resembling standard European instruments of previous centuries, Bull amazed audiences with his ability to play several tones at once. Most of his compositions are tailored to reflect his unique manner of playing.


Bull used his influence to campaign for the encouragement and preservation of Norwegian culture and arts, both in Norway and abroad. In 1849 he was instrumental in the establishment of the Norwegian Theatre in Bergen. [Around 1850 he probably wrote the present work prepared by David Johnstone]. In 1852 he attempted to found an immigrant Norwegian colony, Oleana, in Pennsylvania, and in 1859 he helped create the Norwegian Society for the Advancement of the National Element in Art and Literature. He was a vital influence upon and patron of dramatists Henrik Ibsen and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson and composer Edvard Grieg. In addition to accolades from musicians, Bull received tributes from writers such as George Sand, William Thackeray, and Mark Twain.


Public Credit: This article was most recently revised and updated by Amy Tikkanen. She handles a wide range of topics that include Hollywood, politics, books, and anything related to the Titanic. She has worked at Britannica for more than two decades.



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