- Robin Langley
(b Dublin, ?26 July 1782, bap. 5 Sept; d Moscow, 23 Jan 1837). Irish composer and pianist. He was the originator of the Nocturne and of the style of pianism regarded as ‘Chopinesque’.
Of Protestant Irish stock, he was the eldest son of a professional violinist, Robert Field, and Grace Field (née Marsh), and the grandson of a professional organist, also John Field, from whom he received his first musical instruction. Parental pressure ensured rapid early progress and Tommaso Giordani accepted him as a pupil for a year, during which he performed in three public concerts in Dublin. At the first, on ...