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Andrei, Fira and Pitch
by Andrei Gavrilov
Gavrilov's book captures the most meaningful episodes of his life. In it he shares his philosophical views on the major problems of the modern world that include but are not limited to totalitarianism, fundamentalism and the decay of our modern culture. It is a piercing view of the man behind the music. An added bonus is the anecdotes about other famous Russian and international celebrities, such as Malkovich, McCartney, Richter, Rostropovich, and many others.

Available formats: Printed Book
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To the Reader

I asked myself at an early age, why does everybody live as though they are on an enormous skating ring? Why does an invisible force make everyone race around in a circle without looking back until they die? People who have no wish to run with everyone else are viewed as losers. Those moving in the opposite direction are considered crazy, dangerously arrogant or dissidents. I ran with everyone in the "only right" direction. I triumphed in various competitions, won gold medals, plates, discs, gramophones, silver spheres... I had the courage necessary to put an end to the hideous race. I stopped. Then I set off along my own path. My sense of reason, poisoned by fear, tried to push me back. I resisted and fought as hard as I could. I smothered the eternal terror of the modern individual of being surplus to the requirement.

For a long time I had no success. After a decade of intensely difficult work and prayers at my instrument, musical relations started to appear. Not illusory ones, but genuine.  More and more people started to discern in my music every intention of the composer I was performing. My music stopped humming, jangling, crackling and giving off sparks. I started to talk unobtrusively about what was really important. I ceased to be aware of time; it lost all meaning for me. The so-called 'meaning of life" opened up before me. It turned out to be infinitely simple - give love and seek no reward. Reciprocal love is our reward and the meaning of life in its entirety.

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