MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MEN
Gurdjieff's Second Series of Writings read by Anthony Blake
Refugees in Alexandropol
"To furnish the material required for a new creation and to prove its soundness and good quality"
He announced it as in three books, but there are eleven chapters including the Introduction and the Material Question, or nine devoted to 'remarkable men'. There are named eleven remarkable men (including Vitvitskaia and Soloviev) or twelve if one includes the dog Philos.
My recording of Gurdjieff's Second Series of writings is far from perfect, done at different times under varying conditions, and some mistakes of pronunciation, tempo and phrasing remain even after the tracks have been assiduously edited by my son, David. Please do not expect a smooth listen. I did think of adding an 'errata' track for corrections of my mispronounciations of Russian and Polish words but was too lazy. It is worthwhile finding out the proper pronounciation, which is now easily possible through the web.
The ruined Armenian city of Ani, now in Turkey.
The recording is just under thirteen hours long, on a single (CD) disk in MP3 format. There are 14 tracks, as follows.
My First Tutor
Mr X or Captain Pogossian
Prince Yuri Lubovedsky
Death of Soloviev
The Material Question
Extracts from the chapter My Father
I have separated Chapter 7 Prince Yuri Lubovedsky into four parts, following the sub-headings that Gurdjieff used. In the same spirit I could have separated out the early part of the Soloviev section which deals with G's 'remarkable dog' Philos. The story of Philos is pretty much in the very middle of the book and is amusing to think this reflects G's saying 'bury the dog deeper'! In fact, Philos was the name of the dog G had with him at the Prieure as described by Fritz Peters in his Boyhood with Gurdjieff.
There is much of Gurdjieff's music that speaks of the regions in which he travelled and the people he met.
An example is The Song of the Aisors. Also notable is the series Journey to Inaccesible Places. It is recommended that you listen to some of this music before playing my recordings. There are now many recordings of the music easily available. Of particular relevance might be the piece For Professor Skridlov.
For background information about the places Gurdjieff speaks of go to Places. See also Dushka Howarth's note on the 1963 project "The Oriental Street"
For some information on the characters and peoples go to People.
For a 'pop' version of the Gurdjieff quest go to Therion
Pictures of G in the Caucasus, the Yezidis, Mullah Nasruddin and G in France.
Camels in the Gobi Desert
Image taken from Gurdjieff's America by Paul Beekman Taylor
Technical support: David Blake