[r-t] Alan Reading cyclic major composition
Earisp at rsc.org
Tue Mar 2 09:39:52 UTC 2010
It's interesting to see that Alan Reading has rung a neat, refined version of his cyclic 7-part palindromic major composition containing all 96 of the "run-rows" of each type: <http://www.campanophile.com/view.aspx?97729>
Such a musically-loaded composition is the product of very clever design - compliments to the composer.
The new composition is on Alan's website (http://www.simonreading.dsl.pipex.com/splicedmajcomp.htm), and reproduced below.
5088 Spliced Surprise Major (9 methods)
A G Reading
8472635 Wild Hare
5637284 Micklegate Bar
7462835 Wild Hare
5836274 Micklegate Bar
4762538 Wild Hare
8536247 Micklegate Bar
6752438 Wild Hare
7 part. Omit bracketed calls and associated methods from
parts 3,4 & 7.
1056 Dunster; 928 Bouchavesnes; 704 Wild Hare; 480 Micklegate Bar;
448 each Edmundsbury, Shorrock, Ytterbium; 352 Norfolk;
224 Snowdrift; 140 com, atw.
The composition avoids the slightly "sledgehammer" singled in consecutive leads of mx methods that were present in the previous incarnation. Here, there's a palindromic structure used that interestingly pivots around the irregular Bristol-over method Snowdrift.
At a quick look the method balance feels much better than the previous composition also. Whilst just over a third of the peal is still in Bristol-over methods, more variety is provided with the classic double method Norfolk, as well as some Uxbridge-over focus in Ytterbium, and the similar Shorrock / Wild Hare combo.
Can this be shortened to a perfect 7-part, without some parts being longer than others? How about removing the straight-jacket of just sticking to surprise methods? It would be good to see further steps taken down this path.
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