LEON JESSEL (1871 - 1942)
Jessel, Léon (1871–1942)
Born in Stettin in 1871, the German composer Léon Jessel enjoyed an early career as a conductor in various opera houses, finally settling in Berlin, winning a reputation as a composer of operetta and of popular light music. He finally fell victim to the racial policies of the National Socialists and died in prison in 1942.
Jessel’s Parade of the Tin Soldiers retains a place in popular repertoire, whether in orchestral or other form.