Gurdjieff/deHartmann Music for the Piano Volume 1: Asian Songs & Rhythms


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2 CDs • approx. 1.5 hours

Laurence Rosenthal, Linda Daniel-Spitz and Charles Ketcham, piano

Nearly all the pieces in this album are short, sometimes lasting only a minute, often with only one theme, as if trying to illuminate a certain idea or evoke a particular feeling. In certain instances the repetition of an entire piece is necessary for its essence to be fully conveyed. Each composition is, in a way, a moment musical, a kind of “travel sketch,” but with an implication of deeper feeling beneath the surface, waiting to be discovered.

The recordings correspond to sheet music volumes of the same name.
These two CDs are part of a four volume series of compact discs that correspond to a four volume series of books of sheet music/manuscript music issued by Wergo and Schott Music in Mainz, Germany. The four volume series’ of CDs and books is the most comprehensive collection of recordings and manuscript music available for the Gurdjieff/de Hartmann music.

The Manuscript Music/Sheet Music book editions are edited by Linda Daniel-Spitz, Charles Ketcham, and Laurence Rosenthal.
Preface, Introduction and Notes in English, French and German. Illustrated with facsimiles of de Hartmann’s rough drafts.

Disc: 1
1. First Series: No.1: Greek Melody
2. First Series: No.2: Greek Round Dance
3. First Series: No.3: Greek Song
4. First Series: No.4: Kurd Melody (Moderato Con Moto)
5. First Series: No.5: Oriental Song (Allegro Con Brio)
6. First Series: No.6: Persian Song (Allegretto)
7. First Series: No.7: Atarnakh, Kurd Song
8. First Series: No.8: Tibetan Melody (Giocoso)
9. First Series: No.9: (Untitled) (Marche Alerte)
10. First Series: No.10: (Untitled) (Lento, Quasi Recitativo)
11. First Series: No.11: (Untitled) (Andante Con Moto)
12. First Series: No.12: (Untitled)
13. First Series: No.13: Duduki (Andantino)
14. First Series: No.14: Untitled
15. First Series: No.15: Armenian Melody (Allegretto Grazioso)
16. First Series: No.16: Song Of the Molokans (Con Moto)
17. First Series: No.17: Kurd Shepard Melody (Alla Breve, Lento E Liberamente)
18. Second Series: No.18: Song Of The Aisors (Andante Con Moto)
19. Second Series: No.19: Kurd Sheperd’s Dance (Allegro Ma Non Troppo)
20. Second Series: No.20: Song Of The Fisherwomen (Andantino)
21. Second Series: No.21: Allegretto (Allegretto Commodo)
22. Second Series: No.22: (Untitled)
23. Second Series: No.23: Mamasha
24. Second Series: No.24: Persian Dance
25. Second Series: No.25: Song Of Ancient Rome
26. Second Series: No.26: (Untitled)

Disc: 2
1. Second Series: No.27: Armenian Song (Andantino)
2. Second Series: No.28: (Untitled) (Poco Marciale)
3. Second Series: No.29: Ancient Greek Melody (Poco Marciale. Con Anima)
4. Second Series: No.30: Long Ago In Mikhailov (Andantino)
5. Second Series: No.31: Oriental Melody (Allegro Assai)
6. Second Series: No.32: Assyrian Women Mourners (Andante Funebre)
7. Third Series: No.33: Kurd Melody From Isfahan
8. Third Series: No.34: Hindu Melody (Allegro Ma Non Troppo)
9. Third Series: No.35: (Untitled)
10. Third Series: No.36: Armenian Song
11. Third Series: No.37: Greek Melody
12. Third Series: No.38: Afghan Melody
13. Third Series: No.39: (Untitled) (Moderato)
14. Third Series: No.40: (Untitled)
15. Third Series: No.41: Kurd Melody (Allegretto)
16. Third Series: No.42: Ancient Greek Melody
17. Third Series: No.43: Ancient Greek Dance
18. Third Series: No.44: Greek Song
19. Third Series: No.45: Arabian Dance
20. Third Series: No.46: Greek Melody (Marciale)
21. Third Series: No.47: (Untitled)
22. Third Series: No.48: Tibetan ‘Masques’, No.1 (Moderato Pesante)
23. Third Series: No.49: Tibetan ‘Masques’, No.2 (Vivace Con Brio)

Linda Daniel-Spitz=Author