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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

An Introduction to the Piano Collection by Edmund M. Frederick, Owner / Curator / Restorer

Courtesy Daesik Cha

Updates, Fall, 2022

The Piano Collection

We continue hosting Piano Collection tours for groups and individuals, pianists and students, and members of the music-loving public. Tours can be scheduled by appointment, for most days of the week, by phone (978) 827-6232 or by email at piano.fred@juno.com. A typical tour takes three hours, due to the number and variety of pianos to be encountered; musicians frequently stay longer to explore the instruments in more depth.

Concerts

See our Fall, 2022 schedule below for dates, program details, and musicians’ bios and photos.

Admission is still $15.00 per person, children and students, free. Season passes are available on request, offering six fall, 2022 concerts for the price of five ($75.00) with a free guest pass, to introduce a new person to these concerts. Any unused portion of the pass will be counted as a tax-deductible donation.

Covid Policy

We will be monitoring the state of the pandemic throughout the season. Face masks are strongly encouraged but not mandatory. In the event of a concerning increase in local cases, the concerts will continue, but masking will be mandatory, and socially-distant seating will be strongly advised.

Concert Videos

One of the few positive offshoots of the pandemic is the newly expanded use of technology; all of our concerts are being recorded with video, and posted on our own YouTube channel, Music from the Frederick Collection. The high-fidelity audio, by our recording engineer, Christopher Greenleaf, is synchronized with his video footage, chosen from two camera angles by pianist/videographer, Daesik Cha, who also fills-in the titles of the works being played. The resulting videos, posted a few days after each concert, make the performances available at any time, and at no cost, to those:

New CD Recording

Early April saw the release of “our” newest CD: Ravel Compared by pianist Elaine Greenfield, with our 1893 Erard – the same make and model as the composer’s own piano. A two-CD album, one disc is with our piano; the other is the same music performed on a grand piano of 1917 by Ivers & Pond, Boston. (See the full description of the recording below).

Events

Historical Piano Concerts, Fall, 2022

Concerts are held at the New Dawn Arts Center/Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main Street (Route 12) at the corner of Chapel Street, Sundays at 3:00 PM. Admission is $15.00, students and children, free.

All pianos are from The Frederick Collection of Historical Grand Pianos.

September 4, 2022 Dmitry Rachmanov, a Beethoven concert.
September 11, 2022 Clemens Teufel, Debussy and Poulenc.
September 18, 2022 Olga Vinokur, Chopin and Rachmaninoff.
September 25, 2022 Akiko Kobayashi, violin, Eric Siepkes, piano. Mozart and Beethoven.
October 2, 2022 Sergio Gallo, music by Bach-Egon Petri, Scarlatti, Mendelssohn, and Chopin.
October 9, 2022 Stephen Porter, Janacek and Beethoven.

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.

New Recordings from the Frederick Piano Collection

Two new CD albums are due to become available in 2022:

Pianist Elaine Greenfield's two-disc set, Ravel Compared, is due for release April 1 on the Navona label. One disc, recorded with our 1893 Erard, shows the music on the same make and model as Ravel's own piano; the other disc is of the same repertoire as it might have been heard in the United States, on a 1917 grand piano by Ivers and Pond, of Boston.

The other two-disc album is of works by Schumann, recorded on our 1846 Streicher piano of Vienna, by pianist Yuan Sheng.

We anticipate having copies of both albums for sale at the Study Center and concerts. (Details to follow.)

Our "New in 2020" 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.