The work was co-commissioned by Spektral Quartet, Carnegie Hall, and Washington Performing Arts. The World Premiere was given by Spektral Quartet in the Kennedy Center's Terrace in Washington, D.C. on October 29, 2019.
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As with my music generally, the inspiration behind Enigma is not something I am trying to describe through the piece - to me, the qualities of the music are first and foremost musical. When I am inspired by a particular element or quality, it is because I perceive it as musically interesting, and the qualities I tend to be inspired by are often structural, like proportion and flow, as well as relationships of balance between details within a larger structure, and how to move in perspective between the two — the details and the unity of the whole.