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Thomas de Hartmann

Thomas de HartmannThomas de Hartmann (1885 - 1956) and his wife Olga met Gurdjieff in 1916 in Petrograd and became, both in their own way, two of the important followers of Gurdieff from Russia to France and later also America.

Thomas de Hartmann was a celebrated composer, who is responsible for what to day is known as Gurdjieff-de Hartmann music. He wrote also down some of the music after Gurdjieff's death.

Olga de Hartmann became Gurdjieff's longtime secretary, who amongst other things wrote down much of Gurdjieff's books after his dictation.

Olga de Hartmann


Our Life with Mr. Gurdjieff


Author/Artist: Thomas de Hartmann
ISBN: 014019228X
Publisher: Arkana

When he met Gurdjieff Thomas De Hartmann was an officer in the Imperial Guards and already a known composer. As world war gave way to revolution the de Hartmann's, together with Gurdjieff's other followers travelled from Petrograd through Caucasus to eventually arrive in Constantinople in 1920. The book ends in 1924 in du Prieur soon after Gurdjieff's near death accident.

Part of the contents are written by Olga de Hartmann. She describes some of the 'special assignments' from her teacher.

'Our Life' appeals to the emotions rather than the intellect. If you are looking for ideas you may be disappointed. But there are many examples of Work in the book.


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The books starts from when Thomas de Hartmann met Gurdjieff in 1916 in Petrograd (St. Petersburg) and ends in 1924 in France at du Prieure soon after the first voyage to America and Gurdjieff's near death accident. Thomas De Hartmann was an officer in the Imperial Guards and when he met Gurdjieff he was already a known composer. As the Second World War paved way to the October revolution the de Hartmann's, together with some of Gurdjieff's other followers travelled from Petrograd through Caucasus eventually to arrive in Constantinople in 1920.

Part of the contents are written by Olga de Hartmann, who later became Gurdjieff's long time secretary and took down notes of his books. She describes some of the 'special assignments' from her teacher.

'Our Life' appeals to the emotions rather than the intellect. If you are looking for ideas you may be disappointed. But there are many examples of Work in the book. Unlike Ouspensky who wrote about ideas from the same time in 'In Search of the Miraculous', Thomas de Hartmann describes many of the emotions he and his wife experienced in their 'escape to the West'.

Thomas de Hartmann's great achievement was to compose with Gurdjieff appr. 300 pieces of music - almost all of them for the Movements and Sacred Dances. Some of the late music he wrote down after Gurdjieff's death.



Reijo Elsner, Denmark
added 2003-10-10


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