“Gödel Leaves Vienna” was written in the Fall and Winter of 2005–06. The piece was inspired by a passage from fellow Minnesotan Bob Dylan’s book Chronicles:

If you’re using the [diatonic] scale, and you hit 2, 5 and 7 to the phrase and then repeat it, a melody forms.

I came up with a 12-tone row based on what I thought Dylan might have meant by this passage (like many other things Dylan has said, what exactly he meant has been a subject of heated debate in online Dylan forums), and used this in writing the bass part. (I also thought of calling this piece “Desolation Row”, but that seemed a bit obvious.)

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