Elgar's Liszt Fragment Cipher
Which Encryption Key?
Tales of great conquerors of antiquity formed an integral part of the popular culture of Liszt’s contemporaries. Caesar and Alexander, in particular, were a ubiquitous presence in popular literature and educational curricula . . . Already during his virtuoso travels, Liszt had acquired a mythical public identity that drew him into the orbit of these conquerors.
At the foundation of the present Tonküstler-verein in Vienna, there was a large number of distinguished musicians assembled in the supper room of the Musikverein. Liszt, Rubinstein, Brahms were present and sat near each other at supper. Somebody let fall the word “triumvirate.” Rubenstein said, pointing to Liszt, “Caesar”; to himself, “Brutus,” and then to Brahms, “Lepidus.”
A Brute Force Decryption
A Passwords Key
- Bizziness (business)
- çkor (score)
- cszquōrrr (score)
- fagotten (forgotten)
- FAX (facts)
- frazes (phrases)
- gorjus (gorgeous)
- phatten (fatten)
- skorh (score)
- SSCZOWOUGHOHR (score)
A Ringing Endorsement
For everything I am and have achieved I have one man to thank, without whom not a single note of mine would be known, a dear friend who, when I was banned from Germany, with incomparable devotion and self-sacrifice drew me to the light and first recognized me. To this dear friend is due the highest honour. It is my noble friend and master, Franz Liszt!
About the Authors
Robert W. Padgett
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