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 John Field

John Field

Birth
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Death 23 Jan 1837 (aged 54)
Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Burial Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Memorial ID 9796686 · View Source
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Composer. Born in Dublin, he showed early musical talent and at age 11 he was brought to London to study with Muzio Clementi. His career as a composer-pianist was launched with the 1799 premiere of his Piano Concerto No. 1, his first of seven works in that genre. During an 1802 concert tour of Russia he found many patrons among the nobility and decided to settle there, first in St. Petersburg and then in Moscow. He died at 54 of cancer, complicated by alcoholism. Field's music is not often performed today but he is historically important as the inventor of the nocturne, a short, free-form piano piece designed purely to express a mood. He had a great influence on early Romantic composers, especially Chopin, who wrote 21 nocturnes.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 9796686
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Field (26 Jul 1782–23 Jan 1837), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9796686, citing Vvedenskoye Cemetery, Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia ; Maintained by Find A Grave .