[r-t] Quarters of Spliced Major

Roddy Horton roddy at horton.karoo.co.uk
Mon Jan 30 17:11:16 UTC 2017

It sounds as if this may be a little simple for your needs but it used to be in the diary (I can't check as I am in Nice and without my diary). We rang it a few times at Beckenham about 10 years ago and enjoyed the music.

1568 Spliced S Major
BFL/BG/GB/ = 17823456
7 part. ATW.


-----Original Message-----
From: ringing-theory [mailto:ringing-theory-bounces at bellringers.net] On Behalf Of Richard Smith
Sent: 30 January 2017 15:58
To: Ringing Theory
Subject: [r-t] Quarters of Spliced Major

A couple of times a year I try to organise a quarter or date touch of spliced major that's a bit different and perhaps a little challenging, however I'm always struggling to find compositions as very few published ones appeal.  These are the last three we've rung:


Of these three, we found each a little harder than the previous one.  That's not necessarily a bad thing but wasn't intentional.

They've all been cyclic seven part compositions with every lead different using a mixture of standard and non-standard methods.  That seems to be about the right amount of learning for a weekday evening quarter for us, and I like the format, though I'm not adverse to trying an eight part. 
Sticking to surprise methods is not a requirement, though including a few Chandlers methods is a bonus as it helps to keep them in mind.  The aim isn't to be gratuitously difficult, rather to have a good balance of music, variety and interest.  I'm inclined to think a quarter is too short a length for a palindromic seven (or eight) part to have enough interest.

The number of changes isn't too important as long as its approximately between 1250 and about 2000 so it can be rung after work and before the tower's 8pm curfew.  I've no problem ringing an unorthodox length if it opens new possibilities, but am not specifically looking to do so.

Does anyone have any interesting compositions that might fit the bill?


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