Taking “Taking Chances” is the translation of a paragraph from the eponymous essay by the composer Christian Wolff. Each letter of the source text was translated either into its note name equivalent (for the first seven letters) or a quarter-note rest (for any other letter). Duration and articulation were determined by where the letter came in a word and where the word came in a sentence; the essay’s punctuation determined accidentals. Dynamics are left to the performer.