[r-t] Spliced minor in whole courses

Philip Earis Earisp at rsc.org
Tue May 8 12:58:19 UTC 2012

Paul Needham:
Not *QUITE* what you were talking about but I thought the below was well known? Example is 6 methods obviously and I leave it to anyone interested enough to work out the other methods that fit but I worked this through many years ago before you were even in short trousers. Each lead is uniquely defined despite not having a plain lead of each method (bit like spliced major!)
5040 Spliced S Minor (2 - 42 Methods ATW) 
Westminster            - 23564
Saundby                  45623
Ravenshead               64352
Mansfield Woodhouse      36245
Costock                  52436
Mission                - 64523
Repeat 34 times

Hi Paul,

Thanks for your email. I think we're talking slightly at tangents to each other.  I haven't really examined your composition, but isn't it basically the simple Relfe's splice 720, with trivial variants to fit?

I'm keen on Multi-Extent Block 5-part structures that use some of the tricks in the minor toolbox to give much more variety of methods.  The whole-course JSW / Pearce / Ellis compositions that sparked this thread are clearly a very neat route to achieving this. The simple chopped-up 15-parts in my previous email were along the lines of another avenue.  The Relfe-splice clearly has potential for expansion / nesting (eg did you see the links / ideas discussed at http://bellringers.net/pipermail/ringing-theory_bellringers.net/2011-December/004060.html?). Removing the constraint of extents and into MEBs should presumably allow much more scope for creativity...


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