|The Historic Piano Collection||Concerts
With the Spring Season behind us we now look forward to the Summer and Fall concerts.
Once again Yuan Sheng, known in China as his country's foremost Bach keyboard player, has offered to present a fund-raising concert to benefit the Historical Piano Study Center. His recording of Bach's music is such pure, profound joy that it brought me to tears of a sort of ecstacy.
On August 2, 2016, Yuan Sheng and Mary Oleskiewicz will perform Bach's flute sonatas with our Joel Katzman harpsichord. We are trying to decide if we dare have that concert at the church; so much depends on the weather! But at least people who come to a harpsichord concert are likely aware that harpsichords are like big violins, needing to be tuned between pieces.
Then, on August 3, 2016, Yuan will play Bach's French Suites, some on the 1830 Trondlin and some on the 1840 Erard, as examples of what such Bach-inspired composers as Chopin, Mendelssohn and Schumann were hearing when they played Bach on their pianos. That concert will be at the church.
Both concerts will be at 7:30 PM, and will be followed by receptions, but please check back for more information on location and admission info.
I have also posted very preliminary details about the Fall 2016 Concert Schedule on the Events page.
In the meantime, the Piano Collection, remains open for visits and tours throughout the summer 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.
|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