The Historic 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
and others...
Historical Piano Study Center, Ashburnham, Massachusetts

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Nota bene: If you are programming your GPS to get to the Study Center, DO NOT let it take you to "South Main Street" in Ashburnham!  We are at 30 Main Street, which is Route 12, at the corner of Water Street (Rt. 101 North). Rather than use the
 street address, manually set the coordinates of your GPS to 42.636121, -71.908602 or look at the map, because directions
to South Main Street will not get you here.
Concerts and Events

We have just included more information about the Spring Season concerts on the Events page, and will begin to link to the programs as soon as the details are settled.

Meanwhile, if you haven't already visited the piano collection (or even if you have), the
Historical Piano Study Center, remains open throughout the year for visits and tours on Thursdays (10am to 4pm) and on Saturday afternoons (1 to 4pm). On other days we would be pleased to open for tours by appointment. Just call or email to make arrangements to visit.


Our 34th Spring Season of Historical Piano Concerts is pretty well lined up. It may be awhile
before we are able to post all the programs, but the list of dates and the artists performing is now on the Events page, along with links to our pages about each of the pianists, most of whom have their own websites, which you'll also find links to. So take a few minutes to browse, get to know them, perhaps listen to online samples of their work, and by next Spring, even if you're not already familiar with them, they'll seem like old friends.


Although Eric Clark, the only American among a highly competitive international field to be accepted for the First International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments, didn't progress to the third stage, he was among the 15 out of 30 contestants who progressed to Stage II. You can enjoy his Stage II performances here:

Sonata in B flat minor, Op. 35
Polonaise in F sharp minor, Op. 44
Mazurkas, Op. 50

We are very proud of Eric!
Earlier this year we added a page of links to recordings featuring pianos from the collection appearing on various artists' web pages and on You Tube. Just click here to learn what's out there. Then listen!

The Frederick Collection web site includes information about:
The Historic Piano Collection The Study Center Piano Concerts & Events

If you attend our concerts you know that we have a number of CD recordings of instruments in the Historical Piano Collection available for sale at each performance.

Yuan Sheng - Chopin - Piano Classics PCL0049

However, you no longer have to attend a concert or visit the Study Center in order to purchase them. Simply call or email us and we'll arrange it for you. We can accept payments by check through the mail or online via PayPal. You do not have to have a PayPal account because they will allow you to simply use your credit card.

Please click here to see all the recordings available.


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

September 7, 2015
'Rare & Beautiful Music' performed beautifully

from  The Boston Musical Intelligencer

October 13, 2016
Stunning and Surreal Schubert

September 8, 2015
New England Sounds in a Country Church

June 1, 2015
360 Degrees of Romantic Bits

May 4, 2015
Joseph Smith Remembered at Fredericks’

Please click here to read older concert reviews and media articles about the collection.

Additional Items
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


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 countryare maintained in regular playing condition. The following points clarify the purpose of the Collection:

• Piano was the most important solo instrument, for which the most music was composed, from the late 18th through early 20th centuries.

• Music from the late 18th through early 20th centuries represents the core of present-day piano repertory.

• Until around World War I, piano design was constantly changing. As in clothing fashion and furniture design, changes in taste do not necessarily mean improvement. Piano design changes reflect not only shifts in musical taste, but also ideals of technical perfection rooted as much in the Industrial Revolution as in music.

• Every composer wrote for the pianos he knew, capitalizing on particular musical effects available from those instruments. The same music played on a significantly different instrument will have a different sound, and not necessarily one the composer would have preferred.

• To hear and/or play the piano literature on an instrument such as it was conceived for, is to discover important features of the music. Effects unavailable on the standard modern piano (bass/treble balance, clarity of bass tone, tone-color changes over the dynamic range) become evident, enriching one’s appreciation and enjoyment of the music.

• Built on the Frederick Piano Collection, the Historical Piano Study Center offers lecture-recitals, master classes, seminars, workshops, tours and recordings.

• Located in a handsome, handicapped-accessible, renovated 1890 former public library building, the Collection is conveniently accessible to persons who value its resources, including pianists, musicians who perform with piano accompaniment, music scholars, teachers, students, music critics, piano technicians, builders of historic instrument replicas, concertgoers, and interested members of the general public.

For further information on the Historical Piano Concert Series, The  Historical Piano Study Center or any other item on this page please send e-mail to the Webmaster.

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Last updated: November 29, 2014