Friday, April 27, 2007

In Memory: Mstislav Rostropovich

Today is Friday, 27 April 2007.

It is with great sorrow The Museum of the Bourgeois memorializes the death of Mstislav Rostropovich, 1927-1980.

Not only one of the finest cellists, he was also a fearless champion of human freedom.

In 1970, he sent a letter to Pravda, which declined to publish it, and several European newspapers, which did. In it, he wrote, “Explain to me, please, why in our literature and art so often people absolutely incompetent in this field have the final word. Every man must have the right fearlessly to think independently and express his opinion about what he knows, what he has personally thought about and experienced, and not merely to express with slightly different variations the opinion which has been inculcated in him.”

These values should be held by everyone, and feared by all tyrants.

The Museum of the Bourgeois extends sympathy to his family, friends, and all lovers of music.


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