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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" in Ashburnham! We are at 30 Main Street, which is Route 12, at the corner of Water Street (Rt. 101 North). Rather than use the
street address, manually set the coordinates of your GPS to 42.636121, -71.908602 or look at the map, because directions
to South Main Street will not get you here.
The Autumn 2018 series of concerts is over and soon enough winter will be upon us, but 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.
Our 34th Spring Season of Historical Piano Concerts is pretty well lined up. It may be awhile before we are able to post all the programs, but the list of dates and the artists performing is now on the Events page, along with links to our pages about each of the pianists, most of whom have their own websites, which you'll also find links to. So take a few minutes to browse, get to know them, perhaps listen to online samples of their work, and by next Spring, even if you're not already familiar with them, they'll seem like old friends.
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!
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!
|The Historic Piano Collection||The Study Center||Piano Concerts & Events|
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