[r-t] 5042 Cambridge Maximus - avoiding a dodgy wrong finish

Graham John graham at changeringing.co.uk
Tue Apr 26 18:51:49 UTC 2011

PJE wrote:


> So can a 5042 finishing with a call at wrong ever be justified?  Am I

> something here?


Having the last call at Home can also be helpful for inexperienced handbell
ringers, because 3-4 finish coursing rather than in the 4-5 position. Most
of my 5042s of Cambridge finish this way. Nevertheless, most compositions of
Cambridge have a course with not much music somewhere, so why particularly
focus on lack of music in the last course?  In the case of the JWH
composition PJE rang, it is the second course that does not have much to


Also, how you compare these essentially fairly similar compositions comes
down to the subtlety of how you rate different musical features. For
example, I tend to look for 56 & 65 roll ups and the longer runs before the
4 bell runs. The JWH composition you rang, while having a high 4 bell run
count, doesn't do so well on the 65432s (6) or 765432s (1), or 56s/65s
(9/2). The JSW compositions PJE listed fare much better on this basis.


While not claiming that finishing with a call at Wrong is a musical finish,
the overall  musical content of the compositions below are as good as the
best of the 7-8 fixed compositions PJE listed.


5042 Cambridge Surprise Maximus

Composed by Graham A C John


23456   M  W  H

24356         s

56342   s  -   

 32465   -  -  2

64523   -  -   

 23546   s  -   

 43652   -  s   

 62534   -  -  2

(32456)  -  s   


5042 Cambridge Surprise Maximus

Composed by Graham A C John


23456   M  W  H 

 53264   2  s    

 32465   s     2 

 65423   s  -  ss

34256   s  -  2 

 52436      s  s 

(32456)     s       


Of the 7-8 shifted compositions, the Cornock finish is indeed very nice, and
the AGR version is excellent; its only drawback being the paucity of 56 roll




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