Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Enigma Variations Ciphers

He who fears is half dead.
Elgar’s decryption of an 1896 challenge cipher by John Holt Schooling 

A nine-year investigation of the Enigma Variations uncovered over one hundred different cryptograms. While seemingly extraordinary, this is entirely consistent with a reigning facet of Edward 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 Cipher
  2. 1899 Program Note Quotations Ciphers
  3. Maeterlinck Enigma Ciphers 
  4. Enigma Dedication Ciphers
  5. Enigma Title Word Lengths Cipher
  6. Enigma Title Page Square Word Lengths Cipher 
  7. Enigma Score Dates EFB Cipher
  8. Title Page Box Cipher 
  9. Enigma Variations Keys Cipher 
  10. Enigma Variations Key Numbers Cipher 
  11. Enigma Theme Clefs Cipher 
  12. Enigma Theme Structure Cipher 
  13. Enigma Theme Falling Sevenths Cipher 
  14. Enigma Theme Relative Modes Cipher 
  15. Enigma Wordplay Cipher 
  16. Enigma Theme Tempo Marking Cipher 
  17. Enigma Psalm 46 Cipher 
  18. Enigma Locks Cipher 
  19. Enigma Theme Locks Initials Cipher 
  20. Enigma Theme Keys Cipher 
  21. Enigma Theme Music Box Cipher 
  22. Enigma Theme Elegy Cipher 
  23. Enigma Theme Craeg Lea Cipher 
  24. Enigma Theme Timpani Tuning Cipher
  25. Enigma Bridge Passage Opus Dei Cipher
  26. Enigma Bridge Passage Psalm 46 Ciphers
  27. Enigma Bridge Passage Tau Ciphers
  28. Related Enigma Bridge Passage Words Ciphers
  29. Enigma Theme Double Bars “Dead” Cipher
  30. Enigma Theme GAG Cipher 
  31. A. M. D. G. Cipher 
  32. I AM Cipher 
  33. Pi Cipher 
  34. Pi-C Cipher 
  35. God Cipher 
  36. 24 Cipher 
  37. German Sixth Cipher 
  38. Plagal Cadence Cipher 
  39. Hyphen Cipher
  40. Second Bridge Passage Melodic Anagram Cipher
  41. Ysobel’s Sea Crossing Ciphers
  42. Second Bridge Passage IHC Christogram Cipher
  43. Rehearsal 19 PAPE Cipher
  44. Proximate Initials “Parry” Cipher
  45. Second Bridge Passage “EE” and “ED” Ciphers
  46. Third Bridge Passage Ciphers 
  47. Nimrod Cipher
  48. Nimrod Varying Tempi Cipher 
  49. Nimrod Timpani Cipher 
  50. Roman Numeral IX Cipher
  51. Three Bridge Passages Ciphers 
  52. Biblical Names Cipher 
  53. Variation XIII ML Cipher 
  54. Variation XIII “L” Cipher 
  55. Variation XIII Loethe Cipher 
  56. Variation XIII Luther’s Asterisks Cipher 
  57. Star Cipher
  58. Variation XIII REX Cipher 
  59. FAE Cipher 
  60. FAE Syllables Cipher 
  61. Mendelssohn Fragments Junker Jörg Cipher
  62. Mendelssohn Initials EFB Cipher 
  63. Frei Acrostic Anagram Cipher 
  64. FACE Cipher
  65. I See A Face Cipher 
  66. Variation XIII See Holy Face Cipher 
  67. Pope Leo XIII Cipher 
  68. Dual Initials Enigma Cipher 
  69. Mendelssohn Fragments Scale Degrees EFB Cipher 
  70. Mendelssohn Clarinet Solo Nominal Notes Cipher 
  71. Rehearsal 55 Clarinet Solo Cipher 
  72. Variation XIII Clarinet Key Signature Cipher 
  73. Mendelssohn Keynotes Cipher 
  74. Mendelssohn Psalm 46 Cipher 
  75. Music Anagram Cipher 
  76. XIII Cipher 
  77. Romanza Cipher 
  78. Chi-Ro Cipher 
  79. Mendelssohn Pi Cipher 
  80. Mendelssohn Pi-C Cipher 
  81. Mendelssohn Fragments Melodic Intervals Cipher 
  82. Mendelssohn Fragments Major Keys Cipher 
  83. Mendelssohn Fragments Clefs Cipher 
  84. See Abba Mendelssohn Cipher 
  85. Mendelssohn-Wagner Melodic Merger Cipher 
  86. Mendelssohn Quotations Accidentals Cipher 
  87. Mendelssohn Quotations Elimination Cipher 
  88. Mendelssohn Fragments Solo Passages Cipher 
  89. Mendelssohn Quotations Polybius Box Cipher 
  90. Dominant-Tonic-Dominant (5-1-5) Cipher 
  91. 515 Ciphers 
  92. DEAD G-D Cipher
  93. Letters Cluster Cipher 
  94. Rehearsal 66 Cipher 
  95. Six 6-Letter Names Cipher 
  96. Tasso Position Cipher 
  97. Tasso Performance Direction Cipher 
  98. Luthers Death Anniversary Cipher 
  99. Hyperion Cipher 
  100. Divine Comedy Ciphers 
  101. General Gordon Ciphers 
  102. Cross Reference Ciphers 
  103. Extended Finale Acrostic Anagram EFB Cipher 
  104. Proximate Title Letters Enigma Ciphers
  105. RX EFB Cipher
  106. German Sixth Enigma Ciphers
  107. Organo Label Ciphers 
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 valid. 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 his sacred oratorios: The Light of Life (Lux Christi), 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 ExposedPlease help support and expand my original research by becoming a sponsor on Patreon.

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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.