Duet for 2 piccoloflutes and band. This piece is dated July 20th 1920 and are written for 'Tistdalen Musikforening' which Oscar Borg started to conduct in 1920, 2 years after he had resigned from the Army Band. This piece had its premier performance in August 1920, and it was received with excitement form the audience!
sometimes called the March King of Norway, was born in Fredrikshald in 1851, the towns name has since been changed to Halden. Living in a nation where military music has played an importent role for centuries, and where his own father and grandfather had been member of the local Brigade Band, Oscar Borg joined the same group at the age of thirteen. His rapid progress was observed by many, including the crown prince (later King Oscar II), who offered to finance the young musician's education at the Stockholm Music Conservatory if he agreed to return to Fredrikshald after finishing his studies.
After returning to his home town in 1872, he became director of the military band and thus began honoring his agreement with the king. His contract called for five years of service, but he remained in the same position for forty years. He also conducted choirs and orchestras in the area, and his music become widely known.
Borg retired as a first lieutenant in 1918 after a military career of over fifty years. After his death in 1930 the people of Halden had a sculpture erected in his memory.
Det Norske Blåseensemblet
was founded in 2003 and are today the only professional civil windorchestra in Norway. It build its history on the military-music tradition connected to the fortress Fredriksten in the town of Halden, near the Swedish border. The orchestras history can be followed back to 1734.
Text: Roger Fjeldet