John Field

1782 - 1837

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John Field (26 July 1782, Dublin – 23 January 1837, Moscow) was an Irish pianist, composer and teacher widely credited as the creator of the nocturne. While other composers were writing in a similar style at this time, Field was the first to use the term 'Nocturne' specifically to apply to a character piece featuring a cantabile melody over an arpeggiated accompaniment. He was born into a musical family, in Dublin, and received his early education there, in particular with the Italian composer Tommaso Giordani. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Field has received more than 23,431 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia. John Field is the 227th most popular composer (down from 183rd in 2019), the 36th most popular biography from Ireland (down from 26th in 2019) and the most popular Irish Composer.

John Field is most famous for being a composer and pianist. He was born in Dublin, Ireland and died in Moscow, Russia. Field is most famous for his Nocturnes, which are pieces of music that are played at night.

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Over the past year John Field has had the most page views in the with 12,297 views, followed by Japanese (7,573), and German (6,490). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Swahili (49.18%), Basque (48.77%), and Irish (39.18%)


Among composers, John Field ranks 227 out of 1,451Before him are Nicola Porpora, Ernest Chausson, Jerry Goldsmith, Johann Ambrosius Bach, Henri Vieuxtemps, and Gaspare Spontini. After him are Eduard Künneke, Giacomo Carissimi, Dmitry Bortniansky, Sofia Gubaidulina, Luigi Nono, and William Byrd.

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Among people born in 1782, John Field ranks 9Before him are Friedrich Fröbel, Daoguang Emperor, Caroline Bonaparte, Daniel Auber, Maria Amalia of Naples and Sicily, and Ivan Paskevich. After him are Archduke John of Austria, Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais, Maria Luisa, Duchess of Lucca, William Miller, Vicente Guerrero, and Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov. Among people deceased in 1837, John Field ranks 12Before him are John Constable, Giacomo Leopardi, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Georg Büchner, François Gérard, and Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands. After him are Philippe Buonarroti, Duke Pius August in Bavaria, Frederick Francis I, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Adam Afzelius, Duke Wilhelm in Bavaria, and 10th Dalai Lama.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, John Field ranks 36 out of 549Before him are Iris Murdoch (1919), Bono (1960), Bertie Ahern (1951), Gabriel Byrne (1950), Brendan Gleeson (1955), and Francis Beaufort (1774). After him are Rory Gallagher (1948), Joseph Murphy (1898), Ernest Walton (1903), Maureen O'Hara (1920), Bob Geldof (1951), and Columba (521).

Among COMPOSERS In Ireland

Among composers born in Ireland, John Field ranks 1After him are Charles Villiers Stanford (1852), Turlough O'Carolan (1670), Michael William Balfe (1808), and Victor Herbert (1859).