Annotation

It's not obvious how to set the 'composer' and 'arranger' relations for the Gurdjieff / de Hartmann oevre.

All of Gurdjieff's extant compositions are collaborations with Thomas de Hartmann, who transcribed and arranged for piano the melodies that he heard from Gurdjieff. But de Hartmann was a participant in the compositional process: Gurdjieff would usually give him fragments, hints and outlines which de Hartmann would interpret, fill out and notate, in 'real time' and drawing on his own training in the Russian school. So he could well be regarded as joint composer.

Then again, at least in many cases, Gurdjieff could be regarded as an arranger, since the melodies were often drawn from sacred and folk music that he had collected on his travels.

Setting Gurdjieff as composer and de Hartmann as arranger for these works seems a reasonable first approximation, but isn't entirely satisfactory.

See: Thomas and Olga de Hartmann, Our Life with Mr Gurdjieff (Penguin Arkana, 1992).

Annotation last modified on 2017-10-07 10:35 UTC.

Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1971ImprovisationsGeorges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff2
1980Sacred HymnsG. I. Gurdjieff; Keith Jarrett3
1987The Complete Piano Music of Georges I. Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann, Vol. 1: Seekers of The TruthGeorges I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Cecil Lytle1
1988The Complete Piano Music of Georges I. Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann, Vol. 2: Reading of a Sacred BookGeorges I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Cecil Lytle1
1989The Music of Gurdjieff / de HartmannGeorges I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann1
1989Vol. 3 - Chants Religieux / Sacred HymnsGeorges I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Alain Kremski1
1990The Complete Piano Music of Georges I. Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann, Vol. 3: Words for a Hymn to the SunGeorges I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Cecil Lytle1
1990Vol. 6 - Rituel d'un Ordre Soufi / Ritual of a Sufi OrderGeorges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Alain Kremski1
1997Music for the Piano Volume I: Asian Songs and RhythmsGeorges I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Linda Daniel-Spitz, Charles Ketcham, Laurence Rosenthal1
1998Music for the Piano Volume II: Music of the Sayyids and the DervishesGeorges I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Linda Daniel-Spitz, Charles Ketcham, Laurence Rosenthal1
1999Music for the Piano Volume III: Hymns, Prayers, and RitualsGeorges I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Charles Ketcham, Laurence Rosenthal1
1999Music for the MovementsGeorges I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Wim van Dullemen1
2001Music for the Piano Volume IV: Hymns from a Great Temple and other Selected WorksGeorges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Charles Ketcham, Laurence Rosenthal1
2002Retour de voyageGeorges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Alain Kremski1
2004Chants, Hymns and DancesGurdjieff, Tsabropoulos; Anja Lechner, Vassilis Tsabropoulos1
2019ex orienteG.I. Gurdjieff; Gunter Herbig1
Chercheurs du VeriteGeorges I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann1
Dervishes trembleursGeorges I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Alain Kremski1
Hidden SourcesGeorges I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Alessandra Celletti1

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