The Historic Piano Collection Historical Piano Study Center, Ashburnham, Massachusetts
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Concerts and Events

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.

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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" 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 Frederick Collection web site includes information about:
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
'Rare & Beautiful Music' performed beautifully

May 10, 2011
Frederick Collection of Pianos Draws World Class Musician to Ashburnham

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’

S
eptember 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
Ashburnham Witnesses Stumacher Début

May 20, 2013
Finnish at the Frederick Collection

May 13, 2013
Clarinet and Piano at the Frederick’s

May 6, 2013
Burleson Débuts at Frederick Collection


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

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:

• 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