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 nine-year investigation of the Enigma Variations uncovered over seventy different cryptograms. While seemingly extraordinary, this 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. Enigma Score Dates EFB Cipher
  3. Enigma Variations Keys Cipher
  4. Enigma Variations Key Numbers Cipher
  5. Enigma Theme Clefs Cipher
  6. Enigma Theme Structure Cipher
  7. Enigma Theme Falling Sevenths Cipher
  8. Enigma Theme Relative Modes Cipher
  9. Enigma Wordplay Cipher
  10. Enigma Theme Tempo Marking Cipher
  11. Enigma Psalm 46 Cipher
  12. Enigma Locks Cipher
  13. Enigma Theme Locks Initials Cipher
  14. Keys Cipher
  15. Music Box Cipher
  16. Enigma Theme Timpani Tuning Cipher
  17. A.M.D.G. Cipher
  18. I AM Cipher
  19. Pi Cipher
  20. Pi-C Cipher
  21. God Cipher
  22. 24 Cipher
  23. German Sixth Cipher
  24. Plagal Cadence Cipher
  25. Hyphen Cipher
  26. Nimrod Cipher
  27. Nimrod Timpani Cipher
  28. IX Cipher
  29. Biblical Names Cipher
  30. Variation XIII ML Cipher
  31. L Cipher
  32. Variation XIII Loethe Cipher
  33. Variation XIII Luther's Asterisks Cipher
  34. Star Cipher
  35. FAE Cipher
  36. FAE Syllables Cipher
  37. Mendelssohn Fragments Junker Jörg Cipher
  38. Frei Acrostic Anagram Cipher
  39. FACE Cipher
  40. Variation XIII See Holy Face Cipher
  41. Pope Leo XIII Cipher
  42. Dual Initials Enigma Cipher
  43. Mendelssohn EFB Cipher
  44. Mendelssohn Clarinet Solo Nominal Notes Cipher
  45. Rehearsal 55 Clarinet Solo Cipher
  46. Variation XIII Clarinet Key Signature Cipher
  47. Mendelssohn Keynotes Cipher
  48. Mendelssohn Scale Degrees Cipher
  49. Mendelssohn Psalm 46 Cipher
  50. Music Anagram Cipher
  51. XIII Cipher
  52. Romanza Cipher
  53. Chi-Ro Cipher
  54. Mendelssohn Pi Cipher
  55. Mendelssohn Pi-C Cipher
  56. Mendelssohn Fragments Melodic Intervals Cipher
  57. Mendelssohn Fragments Major Keys Cipher
  58. Mendelssohn Fragments Clefs Cipher
  59. See Abba Mendelssohn Cipher
  60. Dominant-Tonic-Dominant (5-1-5) Cipher
  61. 515 Ciphers
  62. DEAD G-D Cipher
  63. Letter Cluster Cipher
  64. Rehearsal 66 Cipher
  65. Six 6-Letter Names Cipher
  66. Tasso Position Cipher
  67. Tasso Performance Direction Cipher
  68. Luther DOD Cipher
  69. Hyperion Cipher
  70. Divine Comedy Ciphers
  71. General Gordon Ciphers
  72. Cross Reference Ciphers
  73. Extended Finale Acrostic Anagram EFB Cipher
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 solutions 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.