|The Historic Piano Collection||Concerts and Events
The Fall 2014 concert calendar is now posted on the Concerts and Events page. Soon you will find there links to each program and more information about the artists.
On July 29, 2014, pianist Yuan Sheng will present a special fund-raising concert featuring late piano works of Beethoven to benefit the Historical Piano Study Center. Please see the announcement below.
And please remember that the Collection, which continues to grow with the addition of an 1892 Bechstein just this spring, remains open for visits and tours thoughout the year. It's a unique opportunity to get close to these historic instruments.
Tuesday evening, July 29, 2014, at 7:30,
pianist Yuan Sheng is donating a special fundraising concert to benefit
the Historical Piano Study Center, home of the Frederick Collection of
Historical Grand Pianos - the basis of the Historical Piano Concerts
series at the Ashburnham Community Church, about to enter its 30th
fall-and-spring concert year. The Piano Study Center serves as a
resource for musicians, music scholars, students, and the music-loving
public who wish to hear the standard piano repertoire in the context of
pianos such as were known to the great
composers and played in concert during their lifetimes.
Because this is a fundraiser, admission is $25, children and students, $10, and because Historical Piano Concerts, Inc. is a nonprofit organization, any additional donations are fully tax-deductible.
This is Yuan Sheng’s fourth fundraising concert for the Frederick Collection. The internationally acclaimed pianist has performed in more than twenty countries as a recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist. The New York Times wrote, “Mr. Sheng’s ear for balance is unfailing…the attraction was entirely visceral.” New York Concert Review says, “Mr. Sheng… is an artist of the highest quality” Renowned music author David Dubal states: “… Just listen to him, you will be charmed and touched!”
The program opens with Bagatelles, Op. 126, Beethoven's final work for piano, followed by three late sonatas Opp. 109, 110, and 111. Please click here to see the program page and a link to more information about the pianist.
The piano is one of the very first of Ignaz Bösendorfer’s instruments; the blue paper name label under glass says, “Ignaz Bösendorfer, Brodmanns Schüler, Bürger in Wien”. Registered as a Bürger in Vienna in 1828, Bösendorfer identifies himself here as “pupil” of the master builder Joseph Brodmann. Slightly later Bösendorfer pianos have a white paper label reading, “vormals Brodmann” (formerly Brodmann) showing that Brodmann had retired, turning his shop over to his young foreman and former apprentice. Brodmann is known to have been retired by 1832, so the present piano was made between 1828 and 1832.
The Frederick Collection web site includes information about:
|The Historic Piano Collection||The Study Center||Piano Concerts & Events|
The Frederick Collection and our piano concerts continue to get noticed
in print and online. Take a moment to read some of it...
from The Worcester
from The Boston Musical
September 29, 2013
September 22, 2013
September 15, 2013
May 27, 2013
Please click here to read older concert reviews and media articles about the collection.
|Published Articles||Excerpts from Grove Article||Commentary on the Collection|
|Background of the Collection||Changes in Piano Keyboard Range||Compact Disc Recordings|
|A Different Perspective on Piano History||
An interesting link.
|How a Piano Works|
WHY THIS ENDEAVOR IS IMPORTANT
The Frederick Collection of Period Grand Pianos includes over twenty original pianos in playing condition, specifically, the sorts of pianos known to important composers from about 1790 to 1907. At present, there is no comparable collection of period, playing grand pianos in the United States. Most museum collections that include pianos focus on their decorative appearance rather than their musical value. Such instruments are rarely used for performance; perhaps two or three pianos in each of the other major collections in this country are maintained in regular playing condition. The following points clarify the purpose of the Collection:
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Last updated: June 1, 2014