[r-t] Compositions of the decade - minor - addition

Philip Earis Earisp at rsc.org
Mon Feb 1 17:11:06 UTC 2010

It was whilst ringing Andrew Tibbett's 1000th peal at the weekend that I realised I had missed off a noteable composition from the minor section of the "compositions of the decade" series.

720 Plain Bob Minor - The Monkey's Revenge - October 2004

Simple extents of Plain Bob minor have existed for centuries, but as far as I'm aware this neat Andrew Tibbetts' arrangement (dating from October 2004 - http://www.campanophile.com/view.aspx?22147) is original and the first composition of its type.

In an extent of any regular minor method, any pair of bells spend half an extent coursing (and hence the other half of the extent not coursing). The "Monkey's Revenge" composition simply groups these two phases into two discrete blocks, ie all the coursing for bells 5 and 6 comes at the end of the composition, which ends with 6 homes. 

s s s
  s s
  s s
  s s
s   6

Strictly, "The Monkey's Revenge" refers to a 7 extent multi-extent block which extrapolates this concept, the peal finishing with 42 homes.  Happy days. It's ideal for a handbell ringer on 5-6 with limited stamina!


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