Monday, 7 January 2008

Elgar's Enigma Solved? I doubt it...

Yet another attempt at solving the riddle of Elgar's Enigma Variations..
Other solutions have included Auld Lang Syne, Rule Britannia, God Save the King and many other more obscure suggestions.

Leeds University professor Clive McClelland has joined dozens of amateur Sherlock Holmes in giving his 'answer'...

See the link below!

1 comment:

SirPadgett said...

You're absolutely right. Dr. McClelland at Leeds is way off the mark.

After careful research and analysis, Robert W. Padgett discovered that the missing melody to Elgar's 110 year old "Enigma Variations" is "Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott" by the Reformation Leader Martin Luther. Known as "A Mighty Fortress is our God," this hymn satisfies all three rules set forth by the composer:

1) It plays through and over the entire 17 bars of the "Enigma Theme."
2) It is famous.
3) Dora Penny was intimately familiar with this work.

A sound file of "Ein' feste Burg" played on flute "over and through" the "Enigma Theme" may be heard at

A sound file of "Ein' feste Burg" played on trumpet "over and through" Variation IX "Nimrod" may be heard at

Interestingly, the biblical name "Nimrod" means "A Mighty Hunter," and amazingly the title of the missing melody is “A Mighty Fortress." The link between the two could not be more apparent. Variation IX was dedicated to August Jaeger, Elgar’s dear friend from Germany who championed his music at Novello. Martin Luther was German, and many prominent German composers quoted “Ein’ feste Burg” in their music: J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, and Raff and Wagner. Elgar venerated the music of Bach, Mendelssohn and Wagner, so it should come as no surprise that he would emulate these great masters in this way.

For Robert W. Padgett's full report of this amazing discovery go to