Gurdjieff and Music

The Gurdjieff/de Hartmann Piano Music and Its Esoteric Significance


In Gurdjieff and Music Johanna Petsche examines the large and diverse body of piano music produced by Armenian-Greek spiritual teacher G. I. Gurdjieff (c.1866-1949) in collaboration with his devoted pupil Thomas de Hartmann (1885-1956). Petsche draws on a range of unpublished materials and data from original field research to critically situate and assess this music within its socio-cultural and unique religio-spiritual context.

Focusing on the tremendous role that music played in the life and teaching of Gurdjieff, Petsche chronicles the unique relationship and collaboration between Gurdjieff and de Hartmann, analyses the styles and possible sources of their music, and explores Gurdjieff’s ultimate intentions for the music in light of his esoteric teaching.
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Biographical Note

Johanna J. M. Petsche, Ph.D. (2013), University of Sydney, has lectured at the University of Sydney and Australian Catholic University. She has published many articles and book chapters on topics that involve Gurdjieff, Theosophy, Keith Jarrett, and Discordianism.


All interested in G. I. Gurdjieff, and anyone concerned with esotericism and its relationship with music, or in the relationship between philosophy and music.


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