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Ex Oriente: Music by G.I. Gurdjieff / Herbig


Release Date: 06/07/2019 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: BIS-2435  
Composer:  George GurdjieffGeorges Gurdjieff
Performer:  Gunter Herbig
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of the great mystics of the early 20th century, George lvanovich Gurdjieff was born in Alexandropol on the border of Russian Armenia and Turkey. As a young man, he began to travel east as far as Tibet, Afghanistan and Central Asia, in search of spiritual enlightenment. Visiting ancient temples, Gurdjieff learned from spiritual teachers and absorbed music from all the places he visited. On his return to the West, he gathered a group of followers who were drawn to his charismatic personality. One of these was the pianist and composer Thomas de Hartmann, and a unique collaboration between de Hartmann and Gurdjieff ensued which would produce well over 300 piano pieces. Gurdjieff would play his melodies on the guitar or the piano and de Read more Hartmann would write them down, harmonize and provide them with minimalistic accompaniments. The guitarist Gunter Herbig came across Gurdjieff’s writings and music in his youth. For decades he cherished the idea of transcribing these pieces for his own instrument, but it wasn’t until he began to experiment with an electric guitar that he found a way of doing so. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sayyid Chant and Dance No. 9, for folk instruments by George Gurdjieff
Performer:  Gunter Herbig (Electric Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926 
2.
La tourmente semble passée (As if the Stormy Years had Passed) by Georges Gurdjieff
Performer:  Gunter Herbig (Electric Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925 
3.
The Bokharian Dervish, Hadji-Asvatz-Troov by Georges Gurdjieff
Performer:  Gunter Herbig (Electric Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927 
4.
Prayer by George Gurdjieff
Performer:  Gunter Herbig (Electric Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919-1923; Armenia 
5.
Sayyid Chant and Dance No. 42, for folk instruments by Georges Gurdjieff
Performer:  Gunter Herbig (Electric Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926 
6.
The Struggle of the Magicians [Fragments] by George Gurdjieff
Performer:  Gunter Herbig (Electric Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919/1925 
7.
Sayyid Chant and Dance No. 29, for folk instruments by George Gurdjieff
Performer:  Gunter Herbig (Electric Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
8.
Molto lento e liberamente by Georges Gurdjieff
Performer:  Gunter Herbig (Electric Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925 
9.
The Resurrection of Christ by Georges Gurdjieff
Performer:  Gunter Herbig (Electric Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927 
10.
Meditation by George Gurdjieff
Performer:  Gunter Herbig (Electric Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926 
11.
Reading of a Sacred Book by George Gurdjieff
Performer:  Gunter Herbig (Electric Guitar)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1926 

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