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Thesis Title: John Field in Context: a Reappraisal of the Nocturne and Piano Concerti
Degree Type: PhD
Degree Specialism: Musicology
Supervisor(s): Professor Julian Horton
Thesis Status: Accepted
Date Submitted / Accepted: 2013
Institution Submitting / Submitted To: University College Dublin
Persons / Composers: John Field
Genres / Musical Instruments: Piano Concerto
Related Places: London
Time Frame: Late eighteenth, early nineteenth century
Abstract: This thesis provides a historical and analytical context as a basis for understanding Field’s piano concerti. It will consider the musical environment during Field’s formative years, including the impact of the development of the piano, and the role of music trade for Field’s compositional and performance practices. A reappraisal of Field’s status as instigator of the nocturne will chronologically map out the point at which Field acquired this title, while highlighting its subsequent impact for Field research and his concerti. Furthermore, it will indicate that Field’s initial success was primarily linked to his concerti. These factors will serve to emphasise underpinning issues in extant analytical literature pertaining to the concerto, while challenging the perception of form as the primary, if not only, way in which to engage with the genre. A topical analysis of Field’s First and Seventh concerti will demonstrate that Field has suffered unjustified criticism.

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