Thomas de Hartmann and his wife Olga were at Gurdjieff’s side for twelve years. In 1929, after a period of intense musical co-operation that produced over two hundred compositions for piano solo, the relationship between Gurdjieff and de Hartmann ended. They would never see one another again. Despite this separation, de Hartmann remained loyal to Gurdjieff. Shortly before his death, Gurdjieff sent a message to the de Hartmanns requesting Thomas to write the music for his new exercises.<br />
After Gurdjieff’s death on October 29, 1949, Thomas de Hartmann started the work. The first necessity was to see and study the Movements for which he had to compose the music, because the new ones were completely unknown to him.