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Next Sunday, May 26, 2019, at 4pm, flutist Cobus du Toit and pianist Doreen Lee, playing the 1893 Érard, will bring us a program of late 19th and early 20th French music by Debussy, Milhaud, Roussel, Périlhou, and Gieseking.
The following Sunday, June 2, 2019, ends the Spring series of Historical Piano Concerts with Daniel Kurganov, violin, and pianist Constantine Finehouse, on the 1877 Érard piano, featuring César Franck’s Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano, along with shorter works by Fauré, Debussy, Chausson, and Chopin.
Very soon we will begin listing the Summer series of "House Concerts" which take place at the Historical Piano Study Center. Those who have visited the Collection already know that the building is filled with pianos. Seating is very limited. It's important that you CONTACT the Fredericks as early as possible if you wish to attend a House Concert.
Of course, 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.
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!
Only recently it was brought to our attention that another recording of a piece performed on a piano from the Frederick Collection has been posted on You Tube. NAXOS of America has posted a performance of Beethoven's Grosse Fuge in B-Flat Major, Op. 134, from their 2011 recording by Cullan Bryant and Dmitry Rachmanov titled Beethoven and His Teachers. Originally composed as the final movement of his String Quartet No. 13, Opus 130, the fugue movement was severely criticized, to the degree that his publisher asked Beethoven to replace it. He did so, but shortly after Beethoven's death the original fugue movement was published separately as the Grosse Fuge, Op. 133, and along with it a transcription of the original, written by Beethoven himself, for performance by Piano Four-Hand pianists, Op. 134.
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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.
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|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