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1927-2007

The world bids farewell to the great cellist, conducto,r and humanitarian MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH who passed away on April 27, 2007 in Moscow following a long illness, and a month to the day after celebrating his 80th birthday. While his passing is marked with sadness, the man, his life and his music will never cease to be a cause for celebration.

Below, selected FanFaire viewers share their memories of the great Maestro. 


The last representative of the human way of making art. A great personality who left us a tremendous message of life. I wonder who is going to be next. Will there be? I have a feeling that they are all gone.

We will miss you deeply...

- Rodrigo Andrade Silveira (Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul BRAZIL)
Brazilian cellist who attended Juilliard School of Music and had the opportunity of meeting the Maestro twice.



I am very sorry about Maestro Rostropovich's death. It is a great loss for the musical life of the world and for me personally and my people.

I had the privilege to meet him for the first time in 1988 in Puerto Rico and then again in Guatemala in 1997, and both times were a great experience that I can never forget. For me, the Maestro was a great inspiration, both as musican and as a man.

We, the cellists of the Guatemala Symphony Orchestra with our Professor Eduardo Ortiz Lara, feel really sad about his passing. We are sure that Maestro has a very special place in the firmament with God.

With all our love...


- Ricardo del Carmen Fortuny (GUATEMALA)
Cellist & Musical Director / GUATEMALA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA


His life was nothing less than a celebration of the human spirit through music.

On one occasion in 1997, I met Slava as he was preparing for a performance of the Dvorak Concerto for the next night with the Toledo Symphony (OH). After a brief conversation, I asked him why he was practicing 'Schelomo.' His answer..."I play Dvorak in my sleep. I play Schelomo next week!!"

How lucky are all of the heavenly bodies to hear him now.

Dona Nobis Pacem-Slava. 

- Alan M. Smith (Bowling Green, Ohio USA)
Prof. of Cello, College of Musical Arts / Bowling Green State University, Ohio


LOS TERRITORIOS POMARROSA DE MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH

Hoy vi la pena recostarse en una cuerda vibrante
de alegría en medio de tu fiesta en gloria
y de inmediato reproduje el arco floreciente que inventó para ti
Juan Sebastián en alborozada complicidad
con Joseph y Luigi

Desde entonces sé de tus pasos de desesperado guardián
de los estandartes de los sonidos que se detienen
en el umbral de cada uno de los corazones de invierno que
hacen de tu andar violonchelo pedazos de pan de azaleas
para el cultivo de las sonrisas que se asoman
por los ventanales de tu batuta de grandeza amor y libertad
para lograr que toda lágrima se vuelva cenicienta de carbón
en espera de los remolinares del brillo que tus impulsos
han dejado en el camino que algún día todos los hombres
podrán transitar detrás de unas banderas aún pentagramas
y unas canciones que invocarán certeras los días de los himnos
que estarán obligados a levantar miradas para que metales
y percusión acudan en vuelo de doncella apamate
a festejar los días que no pudo quebrar la furia de los torbellinos
que no saben del paso del viento por los atriles de
la esperanza que tú has querido convertir
en concierto mayor y sinfonía de todos los registros

Hoy Mstislav eres simplemente Slava la gloria in excelsis deus
en furia de todas las maneras de decir que la música no nació
como panteón de eternidades ni espacio de llanto sino
como vendaval de augurios consagración de todas las celebraciones
de los hombres que hacen de la vida una ofrenda diaria
para la comunión con los cantos llamados
a construir el mundo pomarrosa del mañana
en los territorios Rostropovich donde no tienen cabida
los muros del despojo de la aspiración tuna y rosa de
los hombres que aguardan por la vida.

- Agustín Blanco Muñoz
Ofrenda Musical / inédito (27-04-07) Caracas / Distrito Capital VENEZUELA
historiador de lo actual, docente-investigador de la Universidad Central de Venezuela


I was deeply saddened to hear of Maestro Rostropovich passing. His music is what drew many of us to him. But it was his beautiful spirit that kept us engaged. You will be sorely missed "Slava".

- Charles Sykes   Aurora, Colorado USA
Admirer and fan


That very great man appeared in Salt Lake City a few years ago and performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto, more beautifully than anyone should play on this earth. He graciously gave two encores and as the audience stood, many, as I, openly weeping, he gave one of those Russian bear hugs to a child who approached him with flowers. The glory of those hours are among the most cherished of my life. Farewell, dear Maestro!

- Marilyn Moore   Orem, Utah USA
Admirer and fan


I once talked to the cellist, Rostropovich, after a concert in Boston (sometime between 1977 and 1981, complimenting his playing. He asked me if I played an instrument. I said I played clarinet and bassoon for my enjoyment, but, while the notes were there, it didn't sound like music. His reply was, "If you practiced as much as I did, you would sound good." Simply writing the words does not convey the kindness and gentleness of his mentoring in that conversation. There is truth in what he said that has stayed with me long after those words were spoken.

- J. S. Shipman   Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts USA
Admirer and fan

about JS Shipman: I am a botanist with professional musicians in the family. I like cello and enjoy going to concerts. I still play clarinet and guitar from time to time. I have volunteered as a cantor for a number of years and was asked to do it. My voice is timid but on pitch. It encourages others to sing. I like to rent the other apartment in my building to musicians, especially mandolin players, because I love to hear them practice. My passion in life is to educate people, especially non-scientists, about global sustainability: Read-about-it.blogspot.com is my blog.


One of the finest musician the world has ever seen.He was the torch bearer of classical music in Russia.
- Jaywant Naidu   Hyderabad , Andhra Pradesh INDIA

about Jaywant Naidu: I perform North Indian classical music on Hawaiian Slide Guitar


Background music clip is from Ludwig von Beethoven, Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5 No.2, for Cello and Piano, Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Sviatoslav Richter (piano) (1963, 1967); Beethoven: Complete Music for Cello and Piano; Philips D206206 (442 566-2), Philips Classics Productions 1994.


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