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Welcome to the Frederick Historical Piano Collection

Located in Ashburnham, Massachusetts

Our Historical Piano Collection

c. 1795 Unsigned piano, from the Frederick Collection 1805-1810 Katholnig, Vienna, from the Frederick Collection 1828-29 Graf, Vienna, from the Frederick Collection 1840 Erard, Paris, from the Frederick Collection 1862 Chickering, Boston, from the Frederick Collection 1877 Blüthner, Leipzig, from the Frederick Collection 1907 Blüthner, Leipzig, from the Frederick Collection 1928 Erard, Paris, from the Frederick Collection

2020 year-end update

Despite having canceled all of our 2020 concerts, due to Covid-19, we nonetheless have some interesting news:

Covid-19 Update: Concerts, Study Center, and Beyond.

Study Center Update

Since July 2020 the Piano Study Center has been open for tours, on a very limited basis: visits by appointment only, no more than two guests at a time, masks to be worn by all, and appropriate physical distancing.

Musicians who customarily play our concerts are welcome to come and play the pianos without our supervision, as would normally be the case if they were rehearsing for a concert.

2021 Media Updates

Our Recording Engineer, Christopher Greenleaf, has established a YouTube presence for us. There, you can enjoy Jiayan Sun's May, 2019 concert recording of Beethoven's last three piano sonatas on our 1871 Streicher piano, exploring how Beethoven's music may have sounded to Brahms's ears. The audio recording is illustrated with photos from the rehearsal and concert.

Also on YouTube is Gail Olszewski's program, "Northern Light" — charming shorter works by half a dozen Finnish and Norwegian composers, from her fall, 2017 concert on our 1877 Blüthner piano.

On January 16, 2021, pianist Daesik Cha hosted a video featuring five pianos in the collection. The performance can be viewed at Introduction to Frederick Collection

2021 Website Updates

We have been using this "downtime" to overhaul and update this website, which for many years was added-to, without sufficient pruning, consequently becoming like an overgrown garden. We have benefited from the expertise of web developers Kim Hosty, and software engineer Bryce Bodley-Gomes on this project.

We look forward to a time when we can be together with you again in live concerts!

—The Fredericks

Events

Study Center

Our Historical Piano Study Center remains open throughout the year for visits and tours by appointment. Contact us at (978) 827-6232 or by email to make arrangements to visit.

Recordings of pianos from the Frederick Piano Collection

Our newest recording is a four-disc album, Ludwig van Beethoven, The Complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin on Historic Instruments Jerilyn Jorgensen, violin, Cullan Bryant, piano. Albany Records, No.Troy 1825-28. The album of ten sonatas features five pianos from the Frederick Collection, ca.1790-ca.1830. The album is available from us at $35.00 plus $5.00 mailing. You can read a review of this recording by John Puccio on his blog, Classical Candor.

Gail Olszewski's CD, "Northern Lights", was issued on the Centaur label in 2019. This collection of Finnish favorites was recorded on our 1877 Blüthner piano. A listing of the pieces included on the album can be viewed here. You can buy it, and many other albums recorded with Frederick Collection pianos: see the complete list below.

The Frederick Collection, in the News

The Frederick Collection, in Publications

Read all about it! We have been making the rounds in the print-realm. You may have noticed us in the Grove, or already heard about the commentary on our collection. Come see why we're the leading location for historic pianos in New England.

Our Mission: Education through interaction.

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 1928. 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 value of a piano in context

For more information, see our articles on changes in piano keyboard ranges, a different perspective on piano history, or how a piano works.