Having devised the Nocturne as a suitable decorative piano piece, the Irish composer John Field went on to much more, including seven piano concertos. He was born in Dublin on 26 July 1782. Study with Muzio Clementi and his prowess as a pianist led to his move to Russia in 1803 and touring Europe as a virtuoso. He died in Moscow on 23 January 1837.
A selection of M&V articles about John Field
Vigour and Energy - Benjamin Frith saves the day, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Brisk Ebullience - Lawrence Budmen sends a second report from this summer's Tanglewood Festival
CD Spotlight. Much originality - John Field's Piano Concertos, explored by Robert Anderson. '... accomplished performances ...'