G. I. Gurdjieff
G. I. Gurdjieff
One could express the essence of his teachings in the title of his third series of writings: Life Is Real Only Then, When 'I Am', while his complete series of books goes under the name "All and Everything". Gurdjieff was also a composer. The Gurdjieff music divides into three distinct periods. The first period is the early music, including music from the ballet Struggle of the Magicians and music for early Movements, dating to the years around 1918. The second period music, for which Gurdjieff arguably became best known, written in collaboration with Russian composer Thomas de Hartmann, is described as the Gurdjieff-de Hartmann music. Dating to the mid 1920s, it offers a rich repertory with roots in Caucasian and Central Asian folk and religious music, Russian Orthodox liturgical music, and other sources.
This music was often first heard, and even composed, in the salon at the Prieure. Since the publication of four volumes of this piano repertory by Schott, recently completed, there has been a wealth of new recordings, including orchestral versions of music prepared by Gurdjieff and de Hartmann for the Movements demonstrations of 1923-24. The last musical period is the improvised harmonium music which often followed the dinners Gurdjieff held in his Paris apartment during the Occupation and immediate post-war years, to his death in 1949. A virtually encyclopedic recording of surviving tapes of Gurdjieff improvising on the harmonium was recently published. In all, Gurdjieff in collaboration with de Hartmann composed some 200 pieces. Recordings: * G.I. Gurdjieff Sacred Hymns, by Keith Jarrett (ECM, 1980) * Seekers of the Truth: The Complete Piano Music of Georges I.
Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann, Volume One, by Cecil Lytle (Celestial Harmonies, 1992) * Reading of a Sacred Book: The Complete Piano Music of Georges I. Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann, Volume Two, by Cecil Lytle (Celestial Harmonies, 1992) * Words for a Hymn to the Sun: The Complete Piano Music of Georges I. Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann, Volume Three, by Cecil Lytle (Celestial Harmonies, 1992) * Gurdjieff's Music for the Movements, by Wim van Dullemen (Channel Classics, 1999) * Thomas de Hartmann: Music for Gurdjieff's '39 Series' , by Wim van Dullemen (Channel Classics, 2001) * Chants, Hymns and Dances, by Anja Lechner and Vassilis Tsabropoulos (ECM, 2004) * Melos, by Anja Lechner, Vassilis Tsabropoulos and U.T. Gandhi (ECM, 2008) Read more on Last.fm.
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