[r-t] Pitman's 13440 change compositions

Graham John graham at changeringing.co.uk
Thu Aug 10 21:49:14 UTC 2017

On 10 August 2017 at 21:35, Glenn Taylor <gaataylor at blueyonder.co.uk> wrote:

> I have often wondered whether it was Roger [Leigh]
> who first had the idea for 7-part compositions but
> Norman who exploited the idea to its fullest.

Neil Bennett's article (RW 30-Mar-2007 pg 321) about Norman Smith's 23
includes Roger's 7-parts of Plain Bob Major and says:

"He [Norman Smith] remembered that the Lancashire
Association Report for 1964 contained three
novel Plain Bob Major compositions by that
eccentric mathematical genius Roger Leigh of
Accrington. They were seven-parts based on a
principle that he hadn’t seen before, namely
that each of the part ends would consist of one
of the lead heads of the plain course."


"It appears that Norman was the first to
realise that this type of composition might
offer a way of putting many more methods into
a peal of “all-the-work” Spliced than hitherto."


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