John Field

1782 - 1837

Photo of John Field

Icon of person John Field

John Field (26 July 1782 – 23 January 1837), was an Irish pianist, composer, and teacher. Field is best known as the inventor of the nocturne. He is mentioned in passing in War and Peace when Countess Rostova calls on the Rostov household musician to play her favourite nocturne.He was born in Dublin into a musical family, and received his early education there, in particular with the immigrant Tommaso Giordani. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Field has received more than 18,582 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). John Field is the 232nd most popular composer (down from 198th in 2019), the 41st most popular biography from Ireland (down from 30th 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.

Memorability Metrics

  • 19k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 70.46

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 37

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 7.05

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.05

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of John Fields by language


Among composers, John Field ranks 232 out of 1,228Before him are Albert Roussel, Umberto Giordano, Howard Shore, James Horner, Benedetto Marcello, and John Dunstaple. After him are Friedrich Kuhlau, Josef Suk, Jaufre Rudel, Bernard Herrmann, Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, and Ion Ivanovici.

Most Popular Composers in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1782, John Field ranks 11Before him are Daniel Auber, Maria Amalia of Naples and Sicily, Caroline Bonaparte, Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais, William Miller, and Ivan Paskevich. After him are Archduke John of Austria, Vicente Guerrero, Maria Luisa, Duchess of Lucca, Archduke Maximilian of Austria-Este, Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov, and Robert Morrison. Among people deceased in 1837, John Field ranks 12Before him are Hortense de Beauharnais, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Georg Büchner, Giacomo Leopardi, François Gérard, and Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands. After him are Frederick Francis I, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, 10th Dalai Lama, Philippe Buonarroti, Duke Pius August in Bavaria, Mariano José de Larra, and William George Horner.

Others Born in 1782

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1837

Go to all Rankings

In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, John Field ranks 41 out of 460Before him are Michael D. Higgins (1941), Maureen O'Hara (1920), George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence (1449), Harald Gille (1103), John Tyndall (1820), and Rory Gallagher (1948). After him are Columba (521), Brendan (484), Bob Geldof (1951), Causantín mac Cináeda (836), William C. Campbell (1930), and Mary Jane Kelly (1863).

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).