Printed Music

Thomas de Hartmann was already an acclaimed Russian composer when he met G.I. Gurdjieff in 1916. He and his wife escaped the Russian Revolution with Gurdjieff and his followers, traveling through the Caucasus, then Constantinople, and finally settling outside Paris in 1922. For the five years that followed, he and Gurdjieff collaborated on hundreds of piano pieces -- initially, accompaniments to Gurdjieff's sacred dances and the unfinished ballet "Struggle of the Magicians", and later a wide variety of pieces intended for quiet listening and contemplation. While printed music for the sacred dances is not publicly available, a definitive collection of the other pieces has been published as a four-volume set.

 

G.I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann 
Music for the Piano, Volume I: Asian Songs and Rhythms 
Mainz, Germany: Schott Musik International, 1996

G.I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann 
Music for the Piano, Volume II: Music of the Sayyids and the Dervishes 
Mainz, Germany: Schott Musik International, 1996

 

G.I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann 
Music for the Piano, Volume III: Hymns, Prayers and Rituals 
Mainz, Germany: Schott Musik International, 2002 

 

G.I. Gurdjieff, Thomas de Hartmann 
Music for the Piano, Volume IV: Hymns from a Great Temple and Other Selected Works 
Mainz, Germany: Schott Musik International, 2005 

Photograph: Original score in Thomas de Hartmann's hand, "Hymn No. 1", Hymns From the Great Temple, January 10, 1926. Courtesy of the Estate of Thomas de Hartmann