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Wedding Dance from the Symphonic Suite "Hasseneh" (Johnston)

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Arranged for band by Herbert N. Johnston

Born in Russia, Jacques Press began studying piano at the age of six and later studied composition in Paris. He played piano for silent movies during his teens, lived for a short time in Istanbul and Paris, and toured Europe with his own orchestra in 1924-25. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1926. After 12 years as an arranger for several large New York City movie houses, he moved to Hollywood, where he was active as a composer and arranger of songs and scores for films. The Wedding Dance is a lively hora from his Hasseneh Symphonic Suite for Orchestra. --James Huff 19:41, 28 November 2008 (UTC) (from the program notes of The Claremont Winds, submitted with permission)

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