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street address, manually set the coordinates of your GPS to 42.636121, -71.908602 or look at the map, because directions
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On Sunday, September 23, 2018, Maksim Shtrykov, clarinet, and Misuzu Tanaka, piano, join us again, this time with a program of Russian music including pieces by Prokofiev, Gretchaninov, and Weinberg.
On Sunday, September 30, 2018, we welcome pianist Richard Dowling to his first appearance in our concerts. He brings us a program of American music by Scott Joplin and Louis Gottschalk, playing on our American piano, the 1862 Chickering.
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ukj9FqbvTg
Polonaise in F sharp minor, Op. 44 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-opimQfT34
Mazurkas, Op. 50 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PktWQZ1lolE
We are very proud of Eric!
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. We would be happy to see you.
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!
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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
from The Boston Musical
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.
|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 countryare maintained in regular playing condition. The following points clarify the purpose of the Collection:
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Last updated: November 29, 2014