[r-t] Early peals of Cambridge Maximus

Robert Bennett rbennett at woosh.co.nz
Thu Jan 24 09:32:21 UTC 2013

	On the subject of Cambridge, the same MHW calling has been used
for Cambridge Major.  5,024 Cambridge Surprise MajorThomas B Worsley 

	 23456 V I M W F H (54632) - - 642735 - - - - - 54326 - - 2 3 63425 -
- |A 26435 - 3 | 63254 3A 23456 -   49 cru's. Tittums.
Published in _A Collection of Compositions in Popular Major Methods_
(2001) and _Collection of Compositions in the Popular Major Methods_
(1966). br>  


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Sent:Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:00:19 -0800 (PST)
Subject:Re: [r-t] Early peals of Cambridge Maximus

On a related note, I was a bit surprised to find that the following 
composition of Cambridge Royal is not better known. It is
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
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)

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) -
> 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
> ==
> 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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