Nocturne in Bb, H. 37

Usually listed as no. 5, this No it is referred to as 37 in Cecil Hopkinson's catalogue. It has received the nickname of Melancholie. Field championed a new musical form that didn't follow a program, simple in structure, and clear in mood. The nocturnes were not built as fantasies, rondos, variations, etc. :They focused instead on chromatically decorated melodies over left hand parts supported by very senstive pedalling. These pieces were admired by Frédéric Chopin, who subsequently made the piano nocturne famous, and Franz Liszt, published an edition of the ... more

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John Field Nocturne Piano Romantic

John Field

John Field was an Irish pianist, composer, and teacher. He was born in Dublin into a musical family, and received his early ...