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Our Fall, 2016 Historical Piano Concerts series of six recitals, all musically exciting and very well-attended, came to a close on October 9th. We now look forward to our Spring, 2017 season, outlined on the Events page. More details will follow as musicians finalize their programs.
In the meantime, the Historical Piano Study Center, remains open for visits and tours throughout the year on Thursdays (10 - 4) and on Saturday afternoons (1 - 4). Just call or email to make arrangements to visit. We would be happy to see you.
From time to time, we offer informal "House Concerts" at the Study Center. Pianists at these events typically play three or four different pianos, matched to the periods of the repertoire being performed. Seating is limited to around twenty-five listeners, due to the fact that grand pianos take up most of the floor space.
Admission to these small concerts is by donation, any amount, toward maintaining the building housing the pianos.
Please let us know if you might be interested in attending one of these concerts.
Nota bene: If you are programming your GPS to get to the Study Center, DO NOT let it take you to "South Main Street" Ashburnham! We are at 30 Main Street, which is Route 12 at the corner of Water Street (Rt. 101 North). Manually set the coordinates 42.6359, -71.9083
or look at the Map, because South Main Street will not get you here.
|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
September 7, 2015
from The Boston Musical
New England Sounds in a Country Church
June 1, 2015
360 Degrees of Romantic Bits
May 4, 2015
Joseph Smith Remembered at Fredericks’
September 2, 2014
It’s Fall at the Frederick Collection
September 1, 2014
Historical Piano Concerts 30th Fall Season
June 2, 2014
Colorful Scriabin Masterfully Played
May 19, 2014
Fredericks of Ashburnham: Two by Two
May 5, 2014
Constantine Finehouse’s Generation of Romantics
September 29, 2013
Gershwin and the French Muse
September 22, 2013
An Impressive Partnership
September 15, 2013
A Perfect Blend at the Frederick's
September 8, 2013
Early Piano with Modern Cello
September 1, 2013
Extraordinary Nuances from an 1877 Érard
June 3, 2013
Across the Channel to the Frederick’s
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 countryare maintained in regular playing condition. The following points clarify the purpose of the Collection:
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Last updated: November 29, 2014