Carl Olavus Bye was born in 1834 in Norway. He was a violin and flute soloist. According to family legend, he was Director of the Norwegian Army Band for 28 years. The King of Sweden and Norway (probably Oscar II) gave him a set of silver spoons which are still in possession of one of his granddaughters. The whereabouts of the ceremonial sword to his uniform is unknown.
Carl immigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1887. They arrived in Boston and settled in Kennebunk, Maine. Carl worked as a musician, and as a music teacher, until his return to Norway before 1908. His family remained in the U.S. He died in Oslo, Norway in 1915.
Several of Carl's children were semi-professional musicians. His daughter Clara accompanied the famous violinist Ole Bull on the piano. His son Olaf is the son that accompanied Carl at the Farewell Concert in 1889 when he was only 14 years old. His youngest son Terschak followed in his father's footsteps and performed musical concerts with his entire family as the Nordic Ensemble. Clara's son Julian Tvedt was a noted violinist in New England.
|Juliana (Christianson), Carl Olavus, and Charles Bye|
There is only one known photo of Carl which was taken about 1908 with his wife Juliana and son Charles.
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