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JOHN FIELD  

(1782 - 1837)

To the Irish pianist and composer John Field has been credited the invention of the nocturne, a form later adopted and developed by Chopin. Field was born in Dublin in 1782, the son of a violinist, but moved with his family to London in 1793, perhaps taking violin lessons from Haydn’s friend Salomon. He became an apprentice of Muzio Clementi, appearing in a series of important London concerts and later touring widely. He accompanied Clementi to Russia in furtherance of Clementi’s business activities as a piano manufacturer and remained in St Petersburg, where he became a fashionable teacher and performer, moving to Moscow in 1821. Illness brought him, in 1831, to London again, a visit followed by a continental tour and a final return to Moscow, where he died in 1837.

Music for Piano and Orchestra

Field wrote seven piano concertos, as well as one or two other compositions for piano and orchestra, a necessary contribution to his career as a performer. These works allowed him to give fuller play to technical brilliance in the piano writing.

Piano Music

Field’s music enjoyed considerable popularity throughout the 19th century. His nocturnes had clear influence on Chopin, Liszt, Fauré and other composers.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Art and Music: Turner - Music of His Time Naxos
8.558116
Instrumental
CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 2 / FIELD: Piano Concerto No. 1 Naxos
8.554680
Concerto
COFFEE AND CLASSICAL Naxos
8.578358
Instrumental
Easy-Listening Piano Classics: Mendelssohn and Field Naxos
8.578079-80
Instrumental
FIELD, J.: Piano Concerto No. 7 / Irish Concerto / Piano Sonata No. 4 (Frith, Northern Sinfonia, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Haslam, Mogrelia) Naxos
8.573262
Instrumental, Concerto
FIELD, J.: Piano Concertos / Nocturnes / Piano Sonatas (Frith, Northern Sinfonia, Haslam) (6-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.506033
Instrumental, Concerto, Instrumental, Concerto, Instrumental, Concerto, Instrumental, Concerto, Instrumental, Concerto
FIELD, J.: Piano Concertos, Vol. 1 - Nos. 1 and 3 (Frith, Northern Sinfonia, Haslam) Naxos
8.553770
Concerto
FIELD, J.: Piano Concertos, Vol. 2 - Nos. 2 and 4 (Frith, Northern Sinfonia, Haslam) Naxos
8.553771
Concerto
FIELD, J.: Piano Concertos, Vol. 3 - Nos. 5 and 6 (Frith, Northern Sinfonia, Haslam) Naxos
8.554221
Concerto
FIELD, J.: Piano Music, Vol. 1 (Frith) Naxos
8.550761
Instrumental
FIELD, J.: Piano Music, Vol. 2 (Frith) Naxos
8.550762
Instrumental
FRIEDMAN, I.: Piano Transcriptions (Banowetz) Grand Piano
GP712
Instrumental
NOCTURNE - Late Night Piano Music (Sweden only) Naxos
8.557292
Instrumental
PERFECT PIANO - Best Loved Classical Piano Music Naxos
8.578180
Instrumental
Piano Concertos (Early Romantic) - CLEMENTI, M. / FIELD, J. / HUMMEL, J.N. / CRAMER, J.B. / CZERNY, C. (Blumental, Kyriakou, Galling, Akiko Sagara) Vox Box
CDX-5111
Concerto
Piano Recital: Landrum, Michael - FIELD, J. / CHOPIN, F. / RESPIGHI, O. / SCRIABIN, A. / FAURÉ, G. / FRANCAIX, J. (Nocturnes) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92158
Instrumental
ROMANTIC PIANO CONCERTO ANTHOLOGY (THE), Vol. 1 (Blumental, Galling, Toperczer, R. Keller, Akiko Sagara, Littauer, H. Kann, Ponti, Kyriakou) Vox
VOX-ED-5986
Concerto
STORY OF BRITISH CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558193-94
Instrumental




 
 
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