[r-t] Spliced winking

Philip Earis Earisp at rsc.org
Wed Feb 1 10:01:08 UTC 2012

I'm very keen on compositions involving elegantly-linked blocks of different types of well-chosen structures / music.   I'm not a fan of existing composition of eg Stedman and Bristol - the blocks often seem thrown together, and the meld between different sections incongruous.  However, I do think there's great mileage in "symphonic" arrangements when complementary but contrasting sections are joined elegantly. DJP has an awesome new "architectured" cyclic maximus construction with a block of principles appearing soon, and I have also been putting together cyclic maximus incorporated "winked up" sections.

A bit more approachable than this is the tenors-together splicing of winked blocks and conventional treble-dodging methods. This especially suits handbell ringing, where winked methods keep adjacent pairs of bells in close proximity.  There was a brief discussion about this on this list last year (see eg http://www.bellringers.net/pipermail/ringing-theory_bellringers.net/2011-April/003779.html), but no "killer app" was produced.

After a bit of recent thought, I've now got a new structure to achieve this that I'm much more pleased with... 

To keep pairs together, it makes sense to utilise an 8-part structure with part-ends 124365, 125634, 123465 etc (ie keeping bell 2 fixed). Taking this approach, parts can be rung alternately as a brief winked-up section then a more conventional method block.  The real beauty is that using this 8-part structure, a well-chosen musical course in one part can automatically give musical courses in all related parts; ie with bell 2 fixed the two sets are (35642, 54362, 64352, 46532) and (24653, 26435, 25346, 23564). 

Happily, these beautiful sets of courses can be quickly reached from the winked up section, can be immediately transitioned between each other, and then can take you directly to the part end also.

This is perhaps best seen in this neat proof-of-concept maximus composition:

5760 Spliced Maximus [3 methods: 2688 Bristol, 2112 Yorkshire, 960 Winked Double Oxford (W)]
1 2 3 4 5   123456
        s   123465  WWWWW.
M  W  H
s  -  X     164523  BBB.Y.YYYYY. 
   -        126543  BBBBBBBBBBB.YYYYY
1 2 3 4 5
      s     125643  WWWW.W
M  W  H
s  -  X     146325  BBB.Y.YYYYY.
   -        124365  BBBBBBBBBBB.YYYYY

2 part
X = 123456
Winked Double Oxford = x14589Tx14589Tx369Tx369Tx14589Tx14589Tx1470x1470x14589Tx14589Tx1458x1458x14589Tx14589Tx1470x1470x14589Tx14589Tx369Tx369Tx14589Tx14589Tx589Tx589T  (s=34589T)

Dipping into the winked sections periodically should provide a well-varied and balanced composition.  Of course, for more variety the winked up base method can be changed in different parts.  This is well-illustrated with royal, where different in-course and out-of-course doubles method bases can be used at the appropriate time in the royal composition. Eg

5040 Spliced Royal (5m)
1 2 3 4 5   1234567890 Winked Grandsire Doubles
  s         123465 
M  W  H     
s  -  X     164523    BBBYBB.Y.YYYY.
   -        126543    YYYYY.YYYY
1 2 3 4 5             Winked Carter doubles
  s s
  s         125643 
M  W  H  
s  -  X     146325    YYYY.Y.YYYY. 
   -        124365    BBBBBBBB
2 part.
X = 123456

In 2nd part replace winked Carter with Winked Stedman doubles (3 courses: 2 4, 4 5, 5)

This has mileage.


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