Gurdjieff International Review
Thomas de Hartmann
By his early twenties, Thomas de Hartmann was one of the best-known living composers in all of Russia. This informative biography of de Hartmann by John Mangan, the Dean of Jonathan Edwards College at Yale University, is reprinted from Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, by permission of the Music Library Association.
This biographical sketch by Thomas C. Daly and Thomas A. G. Daly was originally published in Our Life with Mr Gurdjieff: Definitive Edition, London: Penguin Arkana, 1992, 277p.
Written by Thomas and Olga de Hartmann, this account of the musical collaboration between Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann was first published as Chapter 25 of Our Life with Mr Gurdjieff: Definitive Edition.
This first page of Holy Affirming, Holy Denying, Holy Reconciling is taken from de Hartmanns music manuscripts. It is also partially reproduced in the Triangle Editions record album and CD notes. Besides showing de Hartmanns elegant music calligraphy, it contains his English handwriting, and connects to expressions used in Beelzebubs Tales.
Tom Daly read Ouspenskys In Search of the Miraculous on its publication in 1949, then had the good fortune to meet and befriend the de Hartmanns while they were living near Montreal in 1951. First published here, he describes the setting and impact of Thomas de Hartmanns 1954 talk to the then fledgling Toronto group.
This anonymous commentary was written for the Gurdjieff International Review by a senior member of the Gurdjieff Society in London. For the author it became apparent that for music to say what it had to say depended as much on the listening as what was listened to.
“Mr. Gurdjieff made it clear that if we didn’t study attention—not study in the ordinary way, but putting all our attention on developing that attention—we would arrive nowhere.”
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