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George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff

George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff

George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff


George Ivanovich Gurdjieff (Armenian: Գեորգի Գյուրջիև, Greek: Γιώργος Γεωργιάδης, Russian: Георгий Иванович Гюрджиев) (or Gurdjiev); January 13, 1866? – October 29, 1949), was a Greek-Armenian mystic, a teacher of sacred dances and a spiritual teacher. He is most notable for introducing what some refer to as "The Work" connoting work on oneself according to Gurdjieff's principles and instructions, or as he first referred to it, the Fourth Way. Read more on Last.fm
George Ivanovich Gurdjieff (Armenian: Գեորգի Գյուրջիև, Greek: Γιώργος Γεωργιάδης, Russian: Георгий Иванович Гюрджиев) (or Gurdjiev); January 13, 1866? – October 29, 1949), was a Greek-Armenian mystic, a teacher of sacred dances and a spiritual teacher. He is most notable for introducing what some refer to as "The Work" connoting work on oneself according to Gurdjieff's principles and instructions, or as he first referred to it, the Fourth Way. At different times in his life he formed and liquidated various schools around the world to utilize his teachings. He claimed that the teachings he brought to the West from his own experiences and early travels expressed the truth found in ancient religions and wisdom teachings relating to self-awareness in people's daily lives and humanity's place in the universe. His teachings might be summed up by the title of his third series of writings: Life is Real Only Then, When 'I Am', while his complete series of books is entitled "All and Everything". 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 he is 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.

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