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John Field's compositions influenced many major composers of his time, including Frédéric Chopin, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, and Franz Liszt.
John Field composed eighteen nocturnes in his entire life. This pieces have characteristic textures of chromatically decorated melodies over sonorous left hand parts supported by sensitive pedalling. Field also had an affinity for ostinato patterns and pedal points. These pieces were admired by Frédéric Chopin, who subsequently made the piano nocturne famous, and Franz Liszt, published an edition of the nocturnes based on rare Russian sources.
The nocturne in E minor can be found with three different numbers (8, 9 or 10). The number 10 appears in an early Peters edition.