Germany: Schott, 2003. Preface and Introduction to this volume printed in English, French and German; 152 pages. Item #8017
Sheet music in new condition.
Although quite varied in tone and somewhat in style, the pieces in volume III share the unmistakable mark of the depth of Gurdjieff's inner feeling and sensitivity. Unlike the ethnic and traditional pieces in Volumes I and II, the music of Volume III leaves behind all folklorism or any purely subjective expression, to reveal another world.
The editors of the music note it is surely this quality that gives Volume III its unique tone. The pieces all evoke a sense of the sacred. The hymns do not at all correspond to the conventional notion of music sung by church congregations or choirs. They might instead be viewed as expressions of inner states in which man confronts his inmost self - sometimes through a dramatic struggle - to become aware of the different forces - which influence both his life and his inner being. The interiority of these hymns echoes the orthodox liturgy.