composer and virtuoso pianist, was born in Dublin in July 1782.
As a young child he showed an exceptional musical talent and
gave his first public performance at the age of nine. His
family, realizing the talent of the young Field, decided to move
to London where Field became a student of Muzio Clementi--
talented composer, pianist, teacher, and later, piano-maker and
music publisher. At the age of seventeen, with considerable
success, he gave the first performance of Piano Concerto No.1,
the first of his seven piano concertos. When he was twenty, he
embarked on a long tour together with Clementi that was to take
them to Paris, Vienna and on to St. Petersburg where he arrived
in 1802. Field was exceptionally well received in the musical
circles of Russia, which could account for one of the reasons
why he decided to spend most of his life there.
Piano Concerto No. 5 in C major, L’incendie par l’orage.Field, who composed Piano Concerto No.5 in 1815, had become inspired through the success of a concerto called The Storm written in 1798 by German pianist and composer Daniel Steibelt, also of St. Petersburg. In addition, it is thought that Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, written seven years earlier, further inspired Field. The first movement of Piano Concerto No.5 begins in a lyrical fashion and gives nothing away to the approaching “storm” that comes later in the movement. The following short adagio is mainly dominated by the melody carried by the clarinet. The orchestra continues without pause into the third movement, the rondo: allegro, thus ending the concerto in a joyous finale.