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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Enigma Variations Ciphers


He who fears is half dead.

Elgar’s solution to an 1896 cipher by John Holt Schooling

A seven-year investigation of the Enigma Variations uncovered fifty distinct ciphers. While seemingly extraordinary, such a high number is entirely consistent with a reigning facet of Elgar’s psychological profile – an intense fascination for ciphers. More importantly, their decryptions are critical as they give definitive answers to the central questions posed by the Variations. What is the secret melody to which the Enigma Theme is a counterpoint and on which the ensuing movements are based? Answer: Ein feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress) by Martin Luther. What is the "dark saying" associated with the Enigma Theme? Answer: A Music Box Cipher embedded in the opening six measures of the Enigma Theme. Who is the secret friend and inspiration behind Variation XIII? Answer: Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior of Elgar’s Roman Catholic faith. To learn more about the diverse ciphers of the Enigma Variations and their decryptions, consult the list below with links to more in-depth explanations.
  1. Program Anagram
  2. Cover Page E.F.B. Cipher
  3. Enigma Variations Keys Cipher
  4. Enigma Variations Key Numbers Cipher
  5. Enigma Theme Structure Cipher
  6. Enigma Wordplay Cipher
  7. Psalms Cipher
  8. Locks Cipher
  9. Keys Cipher
  10. Music Box Cipher
  11. A.M.D.G. Cipher
  12. I AM Cipher
  13. Pi Cipher
  14. Pi-C Cipher
  15. God Cipher
  16. 24 Cipher
  17. German Sixth Cipher
  18. Plagal Cadence Cipher
  19. Hyphen Cipher
  20. Nimrod Cipher
  21. Nimrod Timpani Cipher
  22. IX Cipher
  23. L Cipher
  24. Star Cipher
  25. FAE Cipher
  26. Dual Initials Enigma Cipher
  27. Mendelssohn EFB Cipher
  28. Mendelssohn Keynotes Cipher
  29. Mendelssohn Scale Degrees Cipher
  30. Music Anagram Cipher
  31. Dominant-Tonic-Dominant (5-1-5) Cipher
  32. FACE Cipher
  33. XIII Cipher
  34. Romanza Cipher
  35. Chi-Ro Cipher
  36. Mendelssohn Pi Cipher
  37. Mendelssohn Pi-C Cipher
  38. Mendelssohn Fragments Melodic Intervals Cipher
  39. See Abba Mendelssohn Cipher
  40. 515 Ciphers
  41. DEAD G-D Cipher
  42. Letter Cluster Cipher
  43. Rehearsal 66 Cipher
  44. Six 6-Letter Names Cipher
  45. Tasso Position Cipher
  46. Tasso Performance Direction Cipher
  47. Enigma Date Cipher
  48. Hyperion Cipher
  49. Divine Comedy Ciphers
  50. General Gordon Ciphers
Conclusion
The interrelated decryptions of the Enigma Variations Ciphers are mutually reinforcing and consistent, erecting an elaborate yet rational series of solutions to one of music history's enduring mysteries. With so many ciphers pinpointing the same set of answers, there is no room for doubt. The ciphers are genuine, so the answers must be correct and true. The secret melody to the Enigma Variations is Ein feste Burg by Martin Luther. The secret friend of Variation XIII is Jesus Christ, Elgar’s inspiration behind not only the Enigma Variations but also to his sacred oratorios: The Light of Life, The Dream of Gerontius, The Apostles, and The Kingdom. To learn more about the secrets of the Enigma Variations, read my free eBook Elgar’s Enigmas Exposed.

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Mr. Padgett studied violin with Michael Rosenker (a student of Leopold Auer), and Rosenker’s pupil, Owen Dunsford. Mr. Padgett studied piano with Sally Magee (a student of Emanuel Bay), and Blanca Uribe, a student of Rosina Lhévinne. He attended the Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, California, and Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in psychology. At Vassar he studied music theory and composition with Richard Wilson. Mr. Padgett has performed for Joseph Silverstein, Van Cliburn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver, Steve Jobs, Prince Charles, Lady Camilla, Marcia Davenport, William F. Buckley, Jr., and other prominent public figures. His original compositions have been performed by the Monterey Symphony, at the Bohemian Grove, the Bohemian Club, and other private and public venues. In 2008 Mr. Padgett won the Max Bragado-Darman Fanfare Competition with his entry "Fanfare for the Eagles." It was premiered by the Monterey Symphony under Maestro Bragado in May 2008. A member of the Elgar Society, Mr. Padgett is married with five children.