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Polygraphiae
Euridice Remix
The Chronicle Orb

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The Soul of the Rock
The Lost Mansion of Sojourn
Talking to Myself
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Off-Topic Collective
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From My Window
Leaving Venice
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Artifacts
Elevator
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NoiseReductionSociety
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James Hegarty
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Polygraphiae is a concert length work for soprano, cello, synthesizers, and computer manipulated sounds. The work received its premiere at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis with Kathryn Stieler, soprano, and Michael Masters, cello.

This work is based on secret codes found in the late medieval book written by mathematician Johannes Trithemius (1462- 1516). In his six volume set, Trithemius presents several methods of encrypting messages. In one case, it is possible to take words standing for the letters of a secret message from consecutive columns. The result is a message encoded into passages that make sense as innocent prayers. In 1609, one volume was placed on the official list of prohibited books because it was believed that it explained how to employ spirts to send secret messages.

During the development of this piece, I discovered that three very early editions of this book were among the holdings of the Washington University library and the texts for this piece were drawn directly from the pages of these 400 year old books.

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