[r-t] Fwd: Compositions of the decade - Royal (from David Hull)

Philip Earis pje24 at cantab.net
Tue Dec 22 20:24:46 UTC 2009

David Hull is having problems sending mail to this list - he's asked me to
pass on his message below, in response to my royal article.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: David Hull <davidghull at googlemail.com>
Date: Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 4:36 PM
Subject: Compositions of the decade - Royal
To: ringing-theory at bellringers.net

Firstly, let me congratulate Philip on this excellent series of articles;
they are both incisive and a good read.

Just a small point, in the typical DGH pedantic vein, of historical


> 3) Bespoke cyclic royal compositions - David Pipe - April 2003 / October
> 2003
> David Pipe's 9-part and 10-part spliced royal compositions are a sort of
> contraction of his classic maximus compositions on a similar plan.
> The methods in the royal peals - named after James Bond villains - are all
> custom-designed to yield a feast of music in the leads they appear in the
> composition.  The new methods used, such as Goldfinger, are also
> intrinsically very attractive.
>  All in all, two finely crafted examples. (David Hull also has a similar,
> later composition containing methods with "opposite" pivot bells)

The 9-part Hull composition was actually composed and rung first, based on
David Pipe's ideas from his Maximus compositions. David (Pipe) then produced
his own take on this plan, increasing the roll-up count in the process, as
well as a 10-part, both of which were rung soon after. The Hull 10-part has
yet to receive an outing (and would probably be recomposed from scratch if I
ever got around to it).

One other point that Philip doesn't mention and which I think is worthy of
note is another DJP idea, that of using non-plain bob lead-head methods in
the "padding" to allow you to ring musical leads without the bells in the
plain course position but also without the need to have some messy rows in
the middle of the lead to get the bells into the right order for a "proper"
half-lead. David has used this in some of his more recent compositions rung
on handbells, and Fulford and Acomb in the composition below also use this

 5004 8 methods Spliced Royal
 David G Hull

   234567890  Skeldergate Bridge Little Alliance
 - 453028967  Fulford Delight
   524390786  Acomb Delight
 - 345028967  Mulberry Hall Little Alliance
 - 534028967  London No.3 Surprise
   452390786  Horsleydown Surprise
   305846279  Sgurr Differential Surprise
   249573608  Copmanthorpe Delight
   083657492  Copmanthorpe Delight
   927465830  Sgurr Differential Surprise
   860739524  Horsleydown Surprise
   796284053  London No.3 Surprise
 - 867902345  Mulberry Hall Little Alliance
 - 786902345  Acomb Delight
   679284053  Fulford Delight
 - 678902345

9 part

720 each Acomb Delight, Copmanthorpe Delight, Fulford Delight,
Horsleydown Surprise, London No.3 Surprise, Sgurr Differential Surprise;
504 Mulberry Hall Little Alliance;
180 Skeldergate Bridge Little Alliance;
125 changes of method, all the work.

David G Hull
01757 268620 / 01904 325476 / 07884 188965

David G Hull
01757 268620 / 01904 325476 / 07884 188965
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