[r-t] Composition round-up

Philip Earis pje24 at cantab.net
Tue Mar 3 12:29:47 UTC 2015

It’s been a while since there was a focus on recently-rung peal compositions.  Here are three which have caught my eye...

Firstly, we have the rare joy of the OUS scoring a peal of spliced royal on their dinner-day - http://www.bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=368729. 

This is a composition of 4-spliced royal, with 4 decently-chosen and varied component methods: Bristol, Yorkshire, Triton and the new method Pangaea.  All the methods have plain bob halflead head/end rows, but the splicing problems this might pose are mitigated by Pangaea and Triton both being 9-pivots, and Bristol and Yorkshire both being 3-pivots, and moreover by the composition almost entirely avoiding changes of method between calls.

The composition looks good and like it fits its design-brief well, rather than being an intrinsically elegant work of beauty. The first 40% or so is fairly straightforward tenors together fare, letting the methods show what they can do and giving the band the chance to acclimatise.  The second half spices things up rather, with a nice mix of cyclic courses, forward and reverse, at both hand and backstroke, that the methods are well-placed to exploit:

5080 Spliced Treble Dodging Royal (4m)
Composed by M B Davies and C J Poole
1360 Pangaea; 1320 Triton; 1240 Yorkshire; 1160 Bristol

234567890  F V B X M W S H
452367890            -   -  TTTTTTTT.T.
436527890      x     2   -  PPPPPPPxPP.PPPPP.T.
643527890                -  TTTTTTTTT.
(563427890)           -      TY.
564237890      x         -  YYxTTTT.
324657890          - -   -  T.B.BBBBBBB.
(645237089)     - -       -  BYY.YYYYYY.Y.
435267089        - 2        TT.TY.YYYYYYYYY.
654327089        - x        YYYY.BBBBBBBBBx
798204365  - -           x  BBBY.YYY.PPxP
678902345                x  PPPPxP
432098765            x      PPPPPPPPxBB
354769820            x x    BBBBBBxYPxP
234567890    -       -      PPTT.TT.T

Pangaea S: &34-5.4-5-36.4.78-8-6-7.6-8.9 le 10

Secondly, we have Alan Reading with a peal of 7-spliced surprise royal - http://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=447011.  Drawing on his mastery of palindromic courses in peals of spliced major, coupled with designer methods to crank out the music, this looks like a pleasant way to spend three hours or so:

5040 Spliced Surprise Royal (7m)
A G Reading
234567890 Jacobian
907856342 Bristol
089674523 Fermanagh 
795038264 Partial Differential 
860492735 Sgurr A'Chaorachain 
573920486 Sgurr A'Chaorachain 
648203957 Partial Differential
352749608 Fermanagh
426385079 Bristol
-235749608 Jacobs Creek 
-452367890 Hessian
089672345 Jacobs Creek
-790836524 Bristol
s896274053 Jacobs Creek
9 Part

1080 each Bristol, Jacobs Creek; 720 each Fermanagh, Partial Differential, Sgurr A'Chaorachain; 360 each Hessian, Jacobian; 116 com, atw. 

49 each forward 4-bell run, 20 each reverse 4-bell run at the back.
29 each forward 4-bell run, 33 each reverse 4-bell run off the front. 

Hessian Surprise Royal: d1 -34-4-2.5.36-2.7.58-6-3-4-7
Jacobian Surprise Royal: j1 -34-4-2.5.36-2.7.58-6-3-4-7
Partial Differential Surprise Royal: j -3-4-5-6-2-3-4-7-56-7

Finally, Mr Eccleston’s composition of Spliced Stedman Triples and Bristol Major has been rung a couple of times in recent months - http://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/comp.php?id=1956109. The composition actually dates back 6 years I think, but is still worth revisiting (I highlighted it at http://bellringers.net/pipermail/ringing-theory_bellringers.net/2009-September/003025.html).

Mark’s composition is essentially a cyclic 7-part, with a brief simple turning course of Stedman triples followed by a long Bristol section with multiple repeat calls hammer out the music. It’s similar to a 2002 composition by David Hull.  Previously Maurice Thurmott has composed spliced Stedman and Bristol, where the cover-bell was always the tenor, which was kept on the front for long periods of Bristol to ward off falseness.

Splicing Stedman Triples and Bristol Major in a decent, balanced peal composition is a bit of a Holy Grail. I think there should be some new approaches that could yield good results here.  Does anyone have any bright ideas? 

5028 Spliced Variable Cover Triples & Major (2m)
M R Eccleston

2345678    Stedman    Bristol
2745368      (a)
8234567               V.sV.V.V.sV.sW.I.sW.sH.H.H.sH.H
8634257      (a)
7823456               V.sV.V.V.sV.sW.I.sW.sH.H.H.sH.H
7523846      (a)
6782345               V.sV.V.V.sV.sW.I.sW.sH.H.H.sH.H
6482735      (a)
5678234               V.sV.V.V.sV.sW.I.sW.sH.H.H.sH.H
5378624      (a)
4567823               sV.V.sV.sW.I.sW.sH.H.sH
4267583      (a)
3456782               sV.V.sV.sW.I.sW.sH.H.sH
3856472      (a)
2345678               sV.V.sV.sW.I.sW.sH.H.H.sH.H

(a) = (10 sixes)

420 Stedman Triples, 4608 Bristol S Major; 13 com

All Stedman starts are full slow sixes.
Calling positions in the Bristol refer to the 8ths place bell at the END of the part.
Contains 24 each 8765s, 7654s, 6543s, 5432s; 21 each 2345s, 3456s, 4567s, 5678s off the back.


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