JAKOB PAZELLER (1869 - 1957)
A native of Baden bei Wien near Vienna, Pazeller is more often regarded as a Hungarian composer, which is where he spent most of his active life after he left Vienna for Budapest in 1906 to take up the position of a military bandmaster. His later compositions changed in style, taking on a Hungarian flavour. He was a friend of Carl Millocker, whose families were both in the bakery business, and Millocker introduced him to Carl Michael Ziehrer who encouraged him to study at the Vienna Conservatory. Pazeller’s best-known work is the waltz Souvenir de Herkulesbad, Op. 124 published in 1903 [Naxos 8.550900 Wedding Celebrations], but he wrote a number of other delightful waltzes.