[r-t] Early peals of Cambridge Maximus

Alexander Holroyd holroyd at math.ubc.ca
Wed Jan 23 23:00:19 UTC 2013

On a related note, I was a bit surprised to find that the following 
composition of Cambridge Royal is not better known.  It is ultra-simple, 
and to my taste it is almost as musical as almost any more complicated 
one, and certainly better than most 2-parts.  Why is this not the 
off-the-shelf standard?

5,040 Cambridge Surprise Royal
Donald F Morrison (no. 6286)

23456  M   W   H
64352  -   ss  -
56342      -
Repeat four times, omitting ss
from the second part.

If preferred, may be rearranged as
23456  M   W  H
64352  -      -
56342  ss  -
Repeat four times, omitting ss
from the third part.

or as
23456  M   W   H
64352  -       -
56342      -   ss
Repeat four times, omitting ss
from the second part.

Each of the three arrangements contains the same rows, including 12 56s 
and 80 little bell rollups at the back.
Also true to Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Swindon, Superlative No.2, New 
Cambridge and Rutland.
True to all (in course) BCDEFGKNT and (out of course) BCFK1K2N1N2a1a2bcef.

On Wed, 23 Jan 2013, Philip Earis wrote:

> I was interested to see a recent peal of Cambridge Maximus rung at Redcliffe, marking the 100th anniversary of the first peal of it on the bells (this was also only the 6th ever peal in the method) - http://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=273006
> What I found especially notable was the original composition that was rung - a 10 course block by H Law James.  Instead of being the tired and uninspired arrangement (keeping the 6th home, for example) I'd have naively assumed, it actually has really a rather fresh and neat feel to it (especially after the opening three courses) with plenty of little-bell courses:
> ==
> 5280 Cambridge Surprise Maximus
> Composed by H Law James
> M  W  H    23456
>   -       52436
> 2     -    56234
>   -       35264
> -     -    42563
>   -       64523
> -     -    35426
>   -  3    23456
> G&B composition 915, First Rung 18/1/1913, Redcliffe.
> Originally attributed to W Pye (G&B composition record), however recorded in the peal records and on the tower peal board as H Law James.
> ==
> It almost feels contemporary. So where did things all go wrong? What caused people to bash out (and ring) surprise max compositional monstrosities with gruelling "combination courses ends", etc? How come 50,60,70,80+ years on people ended up ringing things like (to pick one of a plethora of typical mediocrities) this?
> 5042 Cambridge Surprise Maximus
> 23456   M   W   H
> 34256           2
> 26543   -   -   2
> 43265   2   -   3
> 62534   -   -
> (32456) -   s
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