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18 Nocturnes

By John Field

Solo piano - SMP Level 9 (Advanced)
Composed by John Field (1782-1837). Masterworks; Piano Collection. Kalmus Edition. Classical Period. Collection. With standard notation and fingerings (does not include words to the songs). 73 pages. Kalmus Classic Edition #00-K02214. Published by Kalmus Classic Edition (AP.K02214).

Item Number: AP.K02214

ISBN 9780757909207. 9x12 inches. English.

A student of Clementi, the Irish composer John Field was especially known for his nocturnes and the influence of these musical mood pieces on the works of Frederic Chopin. This Kalmus Classic Edition offers the advanced pianist 18 of Field's elegant nocturnes including Nocturne No. 5 in Bb, the most popular of Field's nocturnes.

About SMP Level 9 (Advanced)

All types of major, minor, diminished, and augmented chords spanning more than an octave. Extensive scale passages.

  • Nocturne No. 1  Eb Major
  • Nocturne No. 2  C Minor
  • Nocturne No. 3  Ab Major
  • Nocturne No. 4  A Major
  • Nocturne No. 5  Bb Major
  • Nocturne No. 6  F Major
  • Nocturne No. 7  A Major
  • Nocturne No. 8  Eb Major
  • Nocturne No. 9  E Minor
  • Nocturne No. 10  E Major
  • Nocturne No. 11  Eb Major
  • Nocturne No. 12  E Major
  • Nocturne No. 13  C Major
  • Nocturne No. 14  G Major
  • Nocturne No. 15  F Major
  • Nocturne No. 16  C Major
  • Nocturne No. 17  C Major
  • Nocturne No. 18  F Major

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  • 3

    K. Busch
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  • October 16, 2016 Get the Peters Edition

    I decided to take up these nocturnes because Chopin loved them and loved assigning them to his students. I can see why. I've learned a lot from studying them. As far as I can tell, there is no Urtext edition of the nocturnes (happy to be wrong here). Henle...

    publishes the sonatas and not the nocturnes, for example. So one must choose an editor to trust. There's this anonymously edited edition, the one by Liszt, and the Koehler edition available from Edition Peters. The Koehler's fingerings are certainly better for me, and I like his dynamic and interpretative indications better. So while I'm happy I purchased this music, I'd have been happier with the Peters. (The Peters edition is available from this site.) Possibly, though, your hands and taste will differ from mine.

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  • 5

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  • September 17, 2016 Accessible and inexpensive

    This music deserves to be played. All hashed "meditation music" must be replaced.

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  • 5

    Wilmington, DE
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  • August 27, 2012 Music of John Field.

    Some of the pieces in this book are, for me, difficult enough to have to practice. Others, I can sight-read and are worth the effort.

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  • 4

    southern New Mexico
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  • June 24, 2008 a well-made book

    The book is well organized and well made. I think the publisher might have given more room for each line, as the notes are a bit crammed, making some pieces difficult to read. The music itself, however, is apparently reproduced from the original, allowing the performer to interpret as he...

    /she feels.

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