[r-t] 10-part major compositions

Philip Earis pje24 at cantab.net
Sun Jan 2 13:42:16 UTC 2011

I was interested to see a new composition by Thomas Perrins that's
recently appeared on www.ringing.org

I'm drawn to the 10 part structure, containing the tenors-fixed plain bob
course ends and their reverses. This is a very tidy and attractive

Have there been previous major compositions on similar lines?

Of course, the choice of methods in Tom's composition is rather tired.
However, it's interesting to see from www.peals.co.uk that towerbell peals
of spliced surprise major in 8 methods hit a record low in 2010, whilst 23
spliced major reached a new high.  There's a good chance that 23-spliced
will overtake 8-spliced before too long, which has got to be a positive

5280 (5088) Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
Thomas Perrins
23456   B  H  Methods
42356   *  -  SY[L]PP.
42563   -  -  NY.YC.
54263      -  RCL.
65432   -  2  SN.PS.B.
10 part, in alternate parts
adding - at * and omitting [L].

Contains 960 Pudsey, Superlative, Yorkshire, 640 Cambridge,
Lincolnshire(N), 480 London, 320 Bristol, Rutland

For 5088, omit 3H between parts when the substitution is not made.

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