John Field, a pupil of Muzio Clementi, was in his day a celebrated pianist, credited with almost legendary skill. The Irish piano virtuoso and composer is principally known for his “Nocturnes,” a genre later adopted by Chopin; yet the four piano sonatas in this volume also deserve the highest respect. Since no autographs of them survive, all the important prints issued during Field’s lifetime have been consulted for this Henle Urtext edition. Copies with extensive handwritten annotations by the composer have served as our primary source. Editor Robin Langley’s preface provides information about the sources of the sonatas, answers questions concerning rhythmic execution, and places Field in the historical context of the piano music of his time, making this edition especially valuable.
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John Field (b. 1782, Dublin, d. 1837, Moscow), Muzio Clementi’s most famous pupil and celebrated in his own lifetime as a pianist of legendary powers, is remembered today for the nineteen Nocturnes, which point to those of Chopin, rather than the two other important divisions within his small output, the seven Concertos and four Sonatas. While the Concertos span the whole of … 続き
A composer and pianist from Ireland who enjoyed great international success as a soloist. In Moscow he was co-founder of the Russian School. He primarily composed works for piano, including seven piano concerti, fantasies, rondos, and sonatas, as well as chamber music. Through his eighteen nocturnes he introduced a new genre into Romantic piano literature.
|1782||Born in Dublin, probably on July 26. He is taught by his grandfather, an organist.|
|1792||By now a pupil of Tommaso Giordani, he makes his debut in Dublin on March 24.|
|1793||His family relocates to London, where he is taught by Muzio Clementi and advances to become a popular concert pianist.|
|1802||Business trips with Clementi take him to St. Petersburg. He teaches in Narva as Clementi’s assistant.|
|1804||Makes his debut with the Philharmonic Society in St. Petersburg in March.|
|1806||He makes his debut in Moscow.|
|1810||He marries the pianist Adelaide Percheron, with whom he regularly gives concerts.|
|from 1812||In the primary creative phase of his life, several piano works such as the nocturnes and concerti are written. His compositions spread the world over.|
|1822||His Piano Concerto no. 7 and “Fantaisie sur un air favorit” are premiered.|
|1831||In London he meets Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Ignaz Moscheles, among others.|
|1834–35||After a nine-month stay in hospital in Naples (he suffers from colon cancer) he travels to Vienna, where he gives concerts and meets Carl Czerny. Composes his Nocturne no. 14.|
|1837||Dies in Moscow on January 23.|