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John Field

John Field
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Chopin generally gets credit for popularizing the Nocturne as a short character piece for piano. But an Irish composer, John Field, is the one who actually invented it. We hear Irish pianist John O'Conor play two Nocturnes by Field, No. 6 and No. 18.



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