John Field: Nocturnes

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Publisher: Edition Peters
Composer: John Field
Format: Sheet Music | Instrumental Album

John Field is credited as the true 'inventor' of the Nocturne. After experimenting with other names such as Pastorale, Serenade, and Romance, he settled on “Nocturne” when his first one was published in 1812.

Field’s Nocturnes follow no known form, nor do they develop a given theme. Instead, they set up a mood and atmosphere of tenderness and dreaminess combined with a continuous flow of beautiful melody that appeals directly to the listener's willingness to share an emotion, mostly of consoled sadness. It was Field's Nocturnes that greatly influenced Chopin, who absorbed the emotional characteristics of the Nocturne style and used them to create his own unique expressive compositions.

ISBN: 9781901507744
Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced Explain this
No of pages: 76
Language: English
Catalogue No: EP491

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        Scores 9.8 out of 10 based on 11 reviews
        10 out of 10


        Beaconsfield GB
        Very clear with lots of helpful fingering and detail
        Nocturne No.10 did not start at the top of a fresh page
        Confirmed purchase: 14 March 2017
        Published on: 30 March 2017
        10 out of 10


        Cambridge GB Nothing
        Clearly presented, nicely printed, easy to read
        Radio programme said there were 17 nocturnes, here there are 18 and last one is labelled 'Midi'. There is no comment about this and I don't know what it means. Some explanation would be helpful.
        Confirmed purchase: 19 May 2016
        Published on: 05 June 2016
        10 out of 10


        Leeds GB Amateur pianist!
        Clear printing. I ordered after hearing Field's nocturne on Classic fm as a complete change from Chopin, Beethoven and Mozart, the really well known composers.
        Reviewer left no comment
        Confirmed purchase: 16 May 2016
        Published on: 02 June 2016

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        Just what my son wanted
        Anonymous - (Frodsham, United Kingdom)

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