John Field and the Nocturne
John Field is the most misunderstood composer in the history of classical music. The author, a former educator, classical pianist, and member of the Aldenori Piano Trio, finally sets the record straight. Pianists both professional and amateur, educators, teachers of piano performance, and musicologists who want to meet the real John Field and understand his finest creations, the nocturnes, will find this book indispensable.
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16th notes 32nd notes accented notes Adagio agitato Andante arpeggio B-flat bass notes beat of bar Beethoven beginning in bar Chopin chord chromatics composer crescendo descending diminished diminuendo drama duet dynamic effect eight bars emotional espressivo expression Field’s music Field’s Nocturnes flight of 32nd followed four bars fourth beat harmony Haydn Idyllic interpretation introspective motifs Introspective Nocturne John Field Kalmus editions leap Liszt lovely lower voices major melancholy melodic line melody mezzo forte minor seconds Moderato mood movement Mozart Nocturne Number O’Conor O’Rourke occurs in bar octaves Opus 27 passage peak performed Peters and Kalmus Peters edition pianissimo pianist piece Piggott played poco poet poet’s portamento rallentando repeated notes repetition rising and falling ritardando Schirmer edition sforzando sighs sing sixth beat slower tempo sonatas song sostenuto staccato story struggle tempo theme third beat tonic treble triple piano triplet in bars two-note phrases upper voice yearning phrases