[r-t] Bristol Royal compositions

Philip Earis Earisp at rsc.org
Mon Feb 6 13:23:03 UTC 2012

I've rung a couple of peals of Bristol Royal in the past week, each with new compositions.

The first composition by DJP (from http://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=120852) in particular deserves widespread attention.

5040 Bristol Surprise Royal
Composed by D J Pipe
23456 V O I
35426     -
54326   -
32546   - -
24365 -   -
64352 S   S
43652   -
65432   - -
2 Part

It just hits all the buttons - indeed, it is arguably the best two part tenors-together B10 composition judged against many criteria. David's new composition uses the 65432 part-end, the advantages of which I highlighted in my compositions of the decade article on royal.  John Warboys has a similar composition on his website (http://website.lineone.net/~jswcomps/), but this has a 167890 single instead of the arguably more elegant SV SI that David uses.

The second peal was by James Marchbank (www.campanophile.com/view.aspx?136591), also using 8ths place calls:
5000 Bristol Royal
1	3	4	5	7	8	9
	-	2	2
	-				-	-
				-	(8 leads)
-					-	-
		-	-
	-				-	-
					-	-
	s	s
		-	-

Whilst this doesn't have the same elegance of David's comp, there are some very nice features, and the use of calls at 8,9 to flip the tenors works well.

I've come to the view that using 8ths place calls is by far the most elegant solution for Bristol Royal - I don't know why so many continue to stick with 4ths place.  There seems to have been much less experimentation with 8ths place call comps, especially those affecting the tenors (though Alan Reading has a few existing examples similar to James' new comp - see http://www.simonreading.dsl.pipex.com/5000%20(no6)%20Bristol%20Surprise%20Royal.htm).

And given the high number of peals of B10 that are rung, that fact that something as simple as David's new comp is seemingly previously undiscovered is very surprising indeed.


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