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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).

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Improvisations Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff 2
1980 Sacred Hymns G. I. Gurdjieff; Keith Jarrett 3
1987 The Complete Piano Music of Georges I. Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann, Vol. 1: Seekers of The Truth Georges I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Cecil Lytle 1
1988 The Complete Piano Music of Georges I. Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann, Vol. 2: Reading of a Sacred Book Georges I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Cecil Lytle 1
1989 The Music of Gurdjieff / de Hartmann Georges I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann 1
1990 The Complete Piano Music of Georges I. Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann, Vol. 3: Words for a Hymn to the Sun Georges I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Cecil Lytle 1
1997 Music for the Piano Volume I: Asian Songs and Rhythms Georges I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Linda Daniel-Spitz, Charles Ketcham, Laurence Rosenthal 1
1998 Music for the Piano Volume II: Music of the Sayyids and the Dervishes Georges I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Linda Daniel-Spitz, Charles Ketcham, Laurence Rosenthal 1
1999 Music for the Piano Volume III: Hymns, Prayers, and Rituals Georges I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Charles Ketcham, Laurence Rosenthal 1
1999 Music for the Movements Georges I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Wim van Dullemen 1
2001 Music for the Piano Volume IV: Hymns from a Great Temple and other Selected Works Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Charles Ketcham, Laurence Rosenthal 1
2002 Retour de voyage Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Alain Kremski 1
2004 Chants, Hymns and Dances Gurdjieff, Tsabropoulos; Anja Lechner, Vassilis Tsabropoulos 1
Chants Religieux, Volume 3 Georges I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Alain Kremski 1
Chercheurs du Verite Georges I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann 1
Dervishes trembleurs Georges I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Alain Kremski 1
Hidden Sources Georges I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann; Alessandra Celletti 1

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